Email is the most popular online service. Today, billions of people around the world are connected via email, able to communicate within seconds at the click of a mouse. And unlike sending a letter or placing a long-distance phone call, sending an email is free – all you need is an Internet connection.
But sending, reading, and managing email requires a different set of skills than other forms of communication. If you’re new to email, or just need to brush up on your skills, take a look at our articles and tutorials on email below.
When we converse face-to-face, we expect other people to observe certain rules of behavior. The same is true for email – although missing cues like tone of voice and facial expressions can make it more difficult. Here are some pointers to help you communicate more effectively.
It can take a day to send a letter across the city and weeks to go around the world. To save time and money, you can't beat electronic mail. It's fast, easy and cheaper than the the postal service. In this article, find out exactly how email is sent from computer to computer so fast.
Email messages are similar to a letter you would send in the mail, with two main parts. The header contains the name and email address of the recipient, the name and email address of anyone who is being copied, and the subject of the message. The body contains the message itself. Here’s how to use both correctly.
Email addresses typically have two main parts: the user name and the domain name. Knowing the correct address is crucial if you want your message to arrive at its destination. Read this article to find out how to recognize and understand different email formats.
Here's a challenge for you: how do you find someone's email address? As you might suspect, there are a number of ways to go about this. Learn how best to track them down.
Email is by far the most popular service on the Internet. Sending messages is a snap. Just follow these simple steps.
Most people sign their letters in written correspondence. With electronic messages, you can add a signature too, although it can be anything from a clever quote to some additional information about you. Find out how to automatically add your own unique signature to every email you send.
When you talk to someone face-to-face, your body language, the tone of your voice, your inflections and facial expressions impart great meaning to what you say. Online, it’s a little more difficult to read between the lines to interpret the meaning and intent of a message. Here’s how to personalize your written communication by using a smiley or emoticon.
With the advent of an Internet protocol called MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) and other types of encoding schemes, you can send formatted documents, photos, sound and video files as attachments to your email messages.
Here's how to email documents, spreadsheets, photos or any other type of file.
Once you receive an attachment, how do you open it? The answer depends on the type of file and how your computer is configured.
Suppose you've received an email that you want to forward, but you only want to send some of the text. Here's how to do it.
Once email becomes an essential part of your life, you'll want to check it often. With a Web-based email account, you can do it from any computer connected to the Net (and many mobile devices) from anywhere on earth.
Each day billions of email messages zap across the Internet. If it seems that most of them make their way to your inbox, you're not alone. “Overwhelming” is how many people feel about this electronic communication. Here’s how to save time by keeping your messages organized.
What most annoys Internet users? The answer is a four letter word: spam. Unfortunately, spam is here to stay – but that doesn't mean you have to be an innocent victim. Here's how to fight back.
Once you start using the Internet, you'll notice people talking about joining email lists. Subscribing to these lists deliver timely messages right to your Inbox. In this article, find out all about how to join and participate in mailing lists.
Every day, tens of millions of people use electronic mail to conduct business and to communicate with friends and family. But if you think your email is private, guess again. Find out who can read your email, and how to keep it safe.
Email Is Easy!
It may seem like there’s a lot to learn, but email is truly a simple and convenient way to communicate. Once you learn the basics and get the hang of electronic communication, you’ll discover how easy and fun it can be.
What should I use for a subject line?
Check out our Email Etiquette article for tips on writing effective email subject lines.
How does CC and BCC work for email?
Our Email Etiquette article goes over how to use the CC and BCC functions properly.
What happens if I misspell the recipient’s email address?
It will be returned to you instead of reaching the recipient. For more info, read Anatomy of an Email Message and How Email Works. To find someone’s correct email address, read Finding Email Addresses.
What’s the difference between an email address and a web address?
One allows you to email the recipient, while the other enables you to navigate to a website. For more info, read Understanding Email Addresses.
Can my email provider or employer read my private emails?
An email makes a few stops along its way before reaching the intended recipient, and can be intercepted by others. Read How Private Is Your Email? to find out just who can read your emails.
What is an email signature for?
An email signature can list helpful information about yourself, such as your title, company, phone number and website address, or be something creative like a clever quote. For more information, read Add a Signature to Your Messages.
What are some common abbreviations to use in emails?
For a list of smileys and acronyms, check out Smileys.
I’m getting an error when I try to open an email attachment. How do I open it?
It could be that you don’t have the right program to open the filetype. For more info, read Opening Attachments.
What exactly is spam?
Spam is unsolicited commercial messages sent via email. Check out Ten Tips to Stop Spam for help with spam.