The email has largely taken the place of traditional snail mail. There is no question e-mailing is faster. In fact, the recipient of an e-mail could receive your message within seconds. Regular snail mail, however, can take days. If you have been left in the dust of the technological era, e-mailing can be your first step toward the future. Learning to send and receive e-mails is a priceless skill everyone should possess. This guide will show you the steps you need to take to successfully send your very first e-mail.
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Things you need
- Internet access
Type in the web address to your favourite search engine and type, "free e-mail account" into the search field. This should give you several free e-mail account options. There is no reason you should have to pay for an e-mail account. Free accounts are just as good as paid accounts.
Register for a free e-mail account. You will need to give your name and contact information. You will also need to come up with an e-mail address. This will be the address you will give to people to e-mail you. For example: JohnSmith45@yahoo.com.
Look on the top of the web page, or the left hand side of the web page for a click-able icon that says, "Write" or "Compose." Move your mouse arrow over to this icon to begin typing your first e-mail.
Look for the top box on the unsent e-mail. It should say, "To" or "Send to". Type the receiver's address into this box. An e-mail address should look like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first word is created by the receiver. The word after the @ sign is the email account, like Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, among others.
Add a subject on the subject line and type your message into the bigger blank box below. Your subject should be one or two words that gives the receiver an idea about the content of your e-mail. The rest of the message should be written in the larger blank box.
Move your mouse arrow to the icon that says, "Send," and click. Now your e-mail is sent. The receiver should be able to read it in a few seconds.
Tips and warnings
- Typically there is a box under or next to the "To" or "Send to" box. This is labelled CC or Carbon Copy. Here you can type in other e-mail addresses who will receive your e-mail for their records as a carbon copy. By placing someone's address into this box, you are letting them know that the email message is not intended for them. You just want them to know the correspondence took place.
- Don't write anything you will regret in an e-mail. Someone could keep a record of your correspondence forever.