Mail > Create a Message

You can create messages in the New Message form. This is the same form used to reply to or forward a message. When you reply to messages, the heading information (To, From, and Subject) is automatically filled in for you.

How do I create a message?

  1. In Mail, on the toolbar, click new messageNew Message.

  2. Address the message:

    • Type the names or e-mail aliases of the intended recipients in the To, Cc, and Bcc boxes as appropriate. Separate multiple names with semicolons. Use check namesCheck Names on the toolbar to resolve the names. If there's more than one possible match, the unresolved names will appear in red and a list will appear in the Navigation Pane. Click to select the name or names you want from the list.

    • For more options, see Mail > Address Book.

  3. Type a brief subject line in the Subject box.

  4. Type your message in the message body.

  5. Click sendSend to send your message to the recipients.

If you don't want to send the message immediately, you can click Save or Close on the toolbar. Your message will be saved in the Drafts folder until you open and send it.

What else do I need to know?

  • The following table lists additional options available on the toolbar when you create a message.


    Button Description


    Sends the message to the recipients.


    Saves the message in the Drafts folder but doesn't send the message.


    Closes the message without saving or sending it.

    high importance

    Sets the importance of the message to High.

    importance low

    Sets the importance of the message to Low.

    attachment icon

    Attaches a file to the message. For more information about how to attach files, see Mail > Working with Attachments.

    check namesCheck Names

    Checks for the names of the message recipients in the Address Book or in your Contacts folder. For more information about how to resolve names, see Mail > Address Book.

What if I want to know more?

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