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Composing a New Message

One of the most basic messaging tasks is to compose a new message. The message composition screen contains several elements:

  1. Time: The current time.
  2. To field: You enter the recipient’s email address here.
  3. Subject line: This is where you type the message’s subject.
  4. Message body section: Here you actually compose your message.
  5. Send icon: Tap this icon to send the message.
  6. Attach icon: Tap this icon to add an attachment to the message.
  7. Close icon: Tap this icon to cancel the message instead of send it.
  8. Speak icon: Use this icon to verbally compose a message.
  9. Menu icon: Flick this icon upward to access a menu with access to the CC, Blind CC, and Priority options.

Writing a Message

You can compose a new message by opening the mailbox you want to use and following these steps:

  1. Tap the New Message icon.
  2. Tap the To field, and then enter the address where you want to send the message.
  3. Tap the Subject field.
  4. Enter a subject line for the message.
  5. Tap the message body.
  6. Compose your message.
  7. Tap the Send icon.

Canceling a New Message

Occasionally, you might begin to compose a message and then change your mind about sending it. When this happens, you can cancel the message by performing these steps:

  1. Tap the Close icon.
  2. If you have not yet entered any information for the new message, the message will be canceled with no further questions. Otherwise, you will see a menu with the following choices:
  3. Save: The message will not be sent, but it will be saved in your Drafts folder so that you can edit and send it later.
  4. Delete: The message is deleted without saving a draft copy.

Adding Message Attachments

Windows Phone 8 enables you to send photographs as message attachments. You have the option of sending a photograph either from your Camera Roll (or albums) or directly from the built-in camera.

Sending Pictures from Your Camera Roll or Albums

To send a picture from your Camera Roll or from your albums, open a new message and complete the following steps:

  1. Begin composing a new message.
  2. Tap the Attachment icon.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll icon, or tap the album containing the image that you want to send.
  4. Tap the photo you want to send.
  5. You return to the message composition screen. Finish composing your message (if necessary).
  6. Tap the Send icon.

Sending a Picture from the Camera

Windows Phone 8 enables you to access the camera from directly within the message composition screen and email a photo immediately after snapping it. To do so, open a new email message and follow these steps:

  1. Begin composing a new message.
  2. Tap the Attachment icon.
  3. Tap the camera icon and snap a picture. Choose if you want to Accept or Retake the photo.
  4. You return to the message composition screen, and the new picture is added as an attachment.
  5. Tap Send.

Removing a Message Attachment

When you add an attachment to a message, you have the option to remove the attachment before sending the message. To do so, open a message with an attachment included and follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Remove link just beneath the attachment.
  2. When Windows asks if you want to remove the attachment, tap Yes.

Setting Message Priority

When you compose a new message, you have the option to set the message’s priority to high, normal, or low. To set the priority for a message, open the message you want to use and follow these steps:

  1. From the message composition screen, Tap the Menu icon.
  2. Tap Priority.
  3. Tap either High, Normal, or Low.

Adding Recipients Through CC and Blind CC

Windows Phone 8 gives you the option to copy or blindly copy other recipients on a message. To do so, create a new message and follow these steps.

  1. From the message composition screen, Tap the Menu icon.
  2. Tap Show CC & BCC.
  3. Enter the email addresses for the recipients that you want to copy or blindly copy on the message.

Adding Emoticons and Clip Art

When you compose an email message, Windows Phone 8 gives you an easy and fun way to insert clip art emoticons and clip art images into your message. To do so, open a new message and complete these steps:

  1. Tap the emoticon key on the onscreen keyboard.
  2. Tap a category key related to the type of image you want to insert.
  3. Tap the actual image that you want to insert.

Checking for New Mail

Depending on the type of mailbox you are connected to, new messages might not show up in your Inbox immediately. You can manually check for new messages by completing these steps:

  1. Open the mailbox you want to check.
  2. Tap the Sync icon.
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