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MORE HELP WITH YOUR EMAILS,  INCLUDING ATTACHMENTS

 


To Write a New E-mail Message

  1. Click Compose on the top horizontal menu bar.
  2. Type the complete e-mail address in the 'To:' field.
    Example:
    "To:" user_xyz@hotmail.com
    If you have created any e-mail nicknames, you can click the Insert Addresses button to go to the Insert Addresses page. There, you can select the nicknames to which you want to send e-mail.
    Note: If you are using a non-English version of Hotmail remember to enter all of your recipient's e-mail addresses using the Standard English based text and not your localized language. Hotmail insists on this practice to ensure speedy and efficient delivery of your mail.
  3. Type a subject in the "Subject" field.
    You do not have to type a subject, however, a subject may help your recipient(s) identify the message.
  4. Type the body of your message in the text box provided.
    You can scroll down the page by using your browser's scroll bar. You can scroll down the message box by using the scroll bar to the right of the box.
  5. If you want to keep a copy of your message, click the "Save Outgoing Message" check box.
    Messages you send are not automatically saved. If you want to save an outgoing message, you must either click the "Save Outgoing Message" check box or CC: the message to yourself.
  6. Click the Send button to send your message.
    or
    Click Cancel to leave the message, unsaved.

Note: If you are writing a long message and you don't have the time to finish it, you can save the message by clicking the Save Draft button. To retrieve the message later, click the Folders link on the top horizontal menu bar and go to the Drafts folder.

The 'CC:' Field

"CC" stands for "carbon copy." The "CC:" field is used as a "For Your Information" field. That is, anyone to whom you CC: the message doesn't need to respond to the message.

The 'BCC:' Field

"BCC" stands for "Blind Carbon Copy." The "BCC:" field is used to send a copy of an e-mail message to a person without any of the other recipients knowing it. The address(es) of the person(s) you blind carbon copied are hidden from the other recipients.

Example: If you were to enter these e-mail addresses:
'To:' user_xyz@hotmail.com
'CC:'
'BCC:' TheBigBoss@hotmail.com

Both user_xyz and TheBigBoss would receive a copy of the message, but the header of each person's message would look like the following:
From: "Scarlett O'Hara"
To: user_xyz@hotmail.com
Cc:

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To Insert Addresses

  1. Click the Compose link on the top horizontal menu bar.
    You are taken to the Compose page.
  2. Click the Insert Addresses button.
    You are taken to the Insert Addresses page.
  3. Click the checkboxes to the left of the nicknames to which you want to send the message.
    You can choose to send the message To: a person, or to CC: or BCC: him or her. You can send a message to up to 25 people.
  4. When you are finished, click the Mail To button.
    You are taken back to the Compose page and the addresses that you chose appear in the appropriate fields.
  5. Write your e-mail message and send it as usual.
    or
    Click Cancel to leave your message, unsaved.

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To Create a Signature File

  1. Click the Options link on the top horizontal menu bar.
    You are taken to the Options page.
  2. Click the Signature link.
    You are taken to the Signature page.
  3. Type the information that you want to append to your outgoing messages.
  4. Click OK to save the information.
    or
    Click Cancel to return to the Options page without saving your signature.
    You are taken back to the Options page.

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To Append Your Signature File to an E-mail Message

You can append your signature file to the bottom of a message by clicking the Add Signature link on the Compose page.

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To Send Your Message with Stationery

  1. To pick a stationery for your message, click on the Add Stationery link.
  2. Browse through the various styles and see a sample by highlighting the stationery's name.
  3. Find one that you like and click OK. You will be returned to the normal compose page and the stationery will be sent with your message. If you decide not to use a stationery, click the Cancel link and you will be returned to the compose page with no stationery selected.

 

Note: If you choose to use stationery be advised that any explicit html tags you include in your message may not appear to your recipient as a hyperlink or html tag.

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To Send an Attachment

You can attach a file before or after you compose a message. You can attach one or more files, of any file type. For example, you can attach pictures, word processing documents, sound files, etc. If you attach an HTML file or a text file or a GIF image, your attachment will be displayed directly in the body of the recipient's message.

To Attach a File (When Hotmail is not your default mail client)

  1. Click the Attachments button.
  2. In the Attach File: field, type the path to the file.
    or
    Click the Browse button.
    The Choose file dialog box opens.
    1. Select the file that you want to attach.
    2. Click the Open button.
      The path to the file appears in the "Attach File" filed.
  3. Click the Attach to Message button
    The transfer of an attached file requires 30 seconds to 10 minutes, depending on connection rates and file size. When the file has been uploaded, the filename and size appear in the Message Attachments box.
  4. Repeat steps two and three to attach as many files as you want.
  5. When you are finished attaching files, click Done.
    You are taken back to the compose page.

 

To Send an Attachment using IE 5.0 (when Hotmail is your default mail client)
Hotmail's new attachment feature offers three ways to send attachments with your message:

  1. Click the Add Attachments button.
    The Choose file dialog box opens.
    1. Select the file that you want to attach.
    2. Click the Open button.
    3. The name of the file, size, type, modified dat, and path appear in the Message Attachments box.
  2. Click the Add button below the Add Attachments box.
    The Choose File dialog box opens.
    1. Select the file you want to attach.
    2. Click the Open button.
    3. The name of the file, size, type, modified date, and path appear in the Message Attachments box.
  3. From the Windows environment, use your mouse to select a file or icon and drag it into the Message Attachments box. The name of the file, size, type, modified date, and path appear in the Message Attachments box.
  4. Repeat steps one, two, or threee to attach as many files as you want.

 

To Remove a File Once You Have Attached It

  1. From the Message Attachments box, select the attachment(s) that you want to remove.
  2. Click the Remove button.

 

WARNING! If a file that you want to attach is open, close it before you attach it.
Note: Attachments may not equal more than 1MB (1000K). The total size of any e-mail message may not exceed 1.5MB (1500K).

 

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