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How to Compose and Send an E-mail from Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8’s Mail app does a no-frills job of sending and receiving e-mail. It’s free, preinstalled on every tablet, and includes a spell checker. To write, spell-check, and send an e-mail from your Windows 8 tablet’s Mail app to a friend’s Inbox, follow these steps:

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  1. From the Start screen, tap the Mail app’s tile and tap the New icon in the program’s top-right corner.

    An empty New Message window appears, ready for you to fill with your words of glory. If you’ve set up several e-mail accounts in the Mail app, your e-mail will be sent from the account you last viewed.

    To send e-mail from a different account, tap the downward-pointing arrow next to your e-mail address in the screen’s upper-left corner. When the menu drops down, tap the name of the account you want to use for sending that particular mail.

  2. Type your friend’s e-mail address into the To box.

    Tap the plus sign to the right of the To box. The People app appears, letting you tap the name of everybody you want to receive the e-mail. Tap the Add button, and the Mail app automatically fills in everybody’s e-mail address — a very handy thing on a tablet.

    Or you can tap inside the To box; the keyboard pops up for you to begin typing in the recipient’s name or e-mail address. With each letter you type, the Mail app scans the contacts listed in your People app, constantly placing potential matches below the To box. If the app happens to guess the right name, tap the name to place it in the To box.

  3. Tap inside the Subject box and type a subject.

    Tap the words Add a Subject along the message’s top. Those words quickly vanish, and the keyboard rises from the screen’s bottom edge, ready for you to type your own subject.

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  4. Type your message into the large box beneath the Subject line.

    The Mail app watches as you type, automatically underlining words it doesn’t recognize. To correct a misspelled word, tap the underlined word. A pop-up menu appears, letting you choose the correct spelling.

    To embellish your prose, change the text’s formatting by swiping your finger upward from the bottom of the screen to fetch the App bar. There, you can change fonts, add italics, create numbered lists, and add other flourishes by tapping the appropriate icon.

    To save an e-mail in progress, tap the Save Draft button at the App bar’s far left. The Mail app saves your e-mail in the Drafts folder of the account you’re using to send the e-mail.

  5. Attach any files or photos to your e-mail, if desired.

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    Tap the Attachments icon on the Mail app’s App bar.

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  6. Tap the Send button, located in the screen’s top-right corner.

    The Mail app shuttles your e-mail through the Internet to your friend’s mailbox. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, mail can arrive anywhere from within a few seconds to a few days, with a minute or two being the average. (All of your sent mail appears in your Mail app’s Sent folder, so check there to make sure your tablet has sent your message.)

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    If you find yourself at a loss for words, tap the Close button, shown in the margin. A drop-down menu appears, letting you tap Delete to delete the message. Or tap Save Draft, and the Mail app stashes your unfinished e-mail in your current account’s Drafts folder to finish later.

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