How to Format Text in Windows Live Mail E-Mail Messages - dummies

How to Format Text in Windows Live Mail E-Mail Messages

By Nancy C. Muir

Even if you’ve created messages in Windows Mail before, you might not realize that Windows Live Mail now has a whole set of formatting tools that you can use to format your e-mail messages. Formatting e-mail messages makes them more attractive and easier to read. E-mail is the cornerstone of online communication; with Windows Live Mail you can format your message so that they present you in the best light.

  1. Go to the Windows Live home page using your browser.

    If you need to start a new account at this point, click the Sign Up button and go through the sign-up procedure first.

  2. Sign in and then click the Mail button on the Windows Live screen to go to your Inbox.


    Windows Mail will automatically send and receive any waiting messages.

  3. Create a new e-mail message.

    If you’d rather, you can open an existing message and click Reply, Reply All, or Forward.

  4. Enter text, and then select the text that you want to format.

            Text selected for formatting
            Text selected for formatting
  5. Review the options on the message toolbar.


    The message toolbar includes the following formatting options.

    • Font drop-down list: Choose a font from the drop-down list to apply it to the text.

    • Font Size drop-down list: Change the font size.

    • Bold, Italic, or Underline buttons: Apply styles to selected text.

    • Align Left, Justify Center, Align Right buttons: Adjust the alignment.

    • Formatting Numbers or Formatting Bullets buttons: Apply numbering order to lists or precede each item with a round bullet.

    • Increase Indentation or Decrease Indentation button: Indent that paragraph to the right or move (decrease) it to the left.

    • Insert Hyperlink button: Use this to insert a hyperlink to another Web site or document.

    • Insert Horizontal Rule button: Insert a line dividing the signature from the message body.

    • Font Color button: Display a color palette and click a color to apply it to selected text.

    • Background Color button: Add color to the background of the message.

    • Insert Emoticon button: Click this to view a selection of smilies and other images to include in your signature for a bit of fun.

  6. Use the options to format your e-mail message.

    Your e-mail message displays your handiwork.

  7. When you finish the message, check spelling and then click Send.

    Windows Mail will let you know when the message has been sent.