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Reading and Composing Mail in Messenger

Once you have configured your accounts in Communicator, you can begin using Messenger to send and receive email and newsgroup postings (turn to the section called Using Messenger to Read News to learn how to set up your news preferences).

There are two ways to start Messenger:

The Netscape Mail & Newsgroups dialog which opens will look like Figure 7-12.

Figure 7-12. The Mail & Newsgroups Dialog

To compose email, go to the Toolbar and click on the New Msg icon:

You can also create email by right-clicking on the Inbox and selecting New Message from the menu. Or use your [Alt]-[M] keys to quickly open the Compose dialog for email.


Creating Plaintext Messages


If you set your preferences to create email and newsgroup documents in HTML format, press the [Shift] and click on the New Msg icon to create a message in plaintext.

Alternatively, you can use press [Shift] and click on the New Msg icon to create HTML-formatted documents, if you selected to create your messages in plaintext formatting.

The Compose dialog will look like Figure 7-13.

Figure 7-13. The Compose Dialog for Email

Note that the title bar, at the top of the Compose dialog, will show the subject of your letter (as in Compose: Type in your subject here in Figure 7-13) once you save your message by clicking on the Save icon on the Toolbar.

In the address field, you can specify the following options:

In the address field, enter the email address of your intended recipient, then press [Enter] to go to a blank address field. In each address field, you can specify address options by selecting one from the drop-down menu next to the address.

When you're finished typing in your addresses, press the [Tab] key to go to the subject field. Type the subject of your letter in this field and press the [Tab] key.

Now, type the body of your letter. When you're finished, click on the Send icon on the Toolbar to send your email.

Other Email Options

If you want to send someone a Web page or a file on your computer, you can attach the document to your message. Click on one of the paperclip icons, either on the Toolbar or on the tab beneath the address field.

Figure 7-14. The Attach Web Page Dialog

When you have finished typing in the URL, click on the Attach button. In your letter, you'll see that the URL has been included with your letter (see Figure 7-15).

Figure 7-15. Email and Attached Web Page

When you send your letter, the page associated with the URL will be sent with your letter.


Drag and Drop Web Pages


You can also drag a URL from Navigator's Location Toolbar and drop it in your letter. In your letter, click on the paperclip icon under the address field. Now, from Navigator, go to the Location Toolbar and hold down your mouse button over the nearby bookmark icon, which looks like this:

Now, drag the icon to the attachments field of your letter.

In the same way that you attach Web pages to your letter, you can attach files on your computer. When you select Attach from the Toolbar or beneath the address field, choose File from the menu. The Attach File dialog will open, showing you the contents of your login directory (see Figure 7-16).

Figure 7-16. The Attach File Dialog


Drag and Drop Files


You can drag files from your desktop or from your file manager in the same way that you can drag URLs from Navigator. Just hold your mouse button over the file you want to attach, and drag it to the attachments field of your letter.

Messenger can let you know if your email was actually read, or even received. You can request a return receipt to confirm that your mail arrived and was opened. Return receipts may not work, depending upon the configuration of the mail server on the recipient's end.

Messenger supports two kinds of return receipts:

To specify preferences for return receipts, go to Edit => Preferences => Mail & Newsgroups => Return Receipts. In the dialog which opens (see Figure 7-17), choose how you want to use return receipts for mail you send and mail you receive.

Figure 7-17. The Return Receipts Dialog

To activate receipt notification, in your message go to View => Options and check Request return receipt. You can also click on the options tab beneath the attachments tab, or click on the Options menu on the Toolbar.

For more information about email options, such as address books, filtering email, and more, refer to Netscape Communicator's documentation, in the Help menu.

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