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Office 2007 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Gavin Powell, Michael R. Irwin, Peter G. Aitken, Michael R. Groh, Cary N. Prague, Faithe Wempen, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Composing and Sending Messages

Outlook’s e-mail features are sophisticated and comprehensive. Underneath all that power, however, are the fundamental tasks of composing, sending, and reading messages. This section explains the basics of composing and sending e-mail messages.

Quick compose and send

Outlook provides much flexibility when it comes to creating and formatting e-mail messages. Often, however, all you want to do is to quickly create and send a basic message. Here’s how:

1.
If the Mail pane is displayed, click the New button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+N to create a new, blank e-mail message. If another pane is displayed, click the down arrow to the right of the New button and select Mail Message from the list. The new message appears, as shown in Figure 27-15.
Figure 27-15. A blank e-mail message ready to be composed and sent.
2.
Type the recipient’s address in the To field, or click the To button and select a recipient from your address book.
3.
Type the message subject in the Subject field.
4.
Type the body of the message in the main section of the message window.
5.
Click the Send button.

That’s all there is to it. Depending on Outlook’s Send and Receive options, your message is sent immediately or placed in the Outbox to be sent the next time a Send or Receive is performed. If you want to be sure that the message is sent immediately, press ...

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