In the rest of these Windows 10 MAIL App sections I assume you have created an E-Mail Account (see previous section), have a live connection to the internet and have the Windows 10 MAIL App open. Assuming YES to all of these requirements the next thing to do is Create An E-Mail. You could Receive An E-Mail first so that you can Reply to it, but here I will explain how to create an e-mail first.
To create an e-mail begin by clicking on the + (Plus) button, located towards the top-left corner of the MAIL App window. Doing so will change the main window pane (the display area on the right-side) from a background image into an e-mail creation form (Fig 1.1).
Fig 1.0 - Click on the + (PLUS) button to continue
Fig 1.1 - The New Message form (window pane) allows you to create a new e-mail
Although the New Message window might look daunting, there are only three main items to fill in when creating an e-mail. The To, Subject and Message edit boxes.
The TO edit box requires an E-Mail Address, which is the e-mail address of the person you are writing TO in this case.
An e-mail address is used an Identifer - It tells your ISP's (broadband provider's) e-mail computer where to send (forward) an e-mail to. It also acts as a User Name/Account Name. For example: In this example I will e-mail my friend, whose e-mail address is email@example.com. When I send the e-mail it first goes to my ISP's (broadband provider's) e-mail computer for verification and anti-virus checks before it forwards the e-mail to the Yahoo server (Yahoo e-mail computer). My ISP's e-mail computer knows to forward my e-mail onto the Yahoo server (e-mail computer) because of the yahoo.co.uk part of the e-mail address.
When the Yahoo server (e-mail computer) receives the e-mail, from my ISP's server (e-mail computer), it knows to put that e-mail into the INBOX of the user called deniseoakdale. This is just the same as the post office knowing where to deliver a letter - They know by looking at the Postcode. The @ sign means AT. So the whole e-mail address reads: Denise Oakdale AT Yahoo dot co dot uk. Or put another way: User Name deniseoakdale has her e-mail stored on the UK Yahoo server (UK Yahoo e-mail computer). Hence the .co.uk.
Fig 1.2 - Fill in the TO edit box with the e-mail address of the person you are writing TO
As soon as you start typing an e-mail address inside the TO edit box you may see a 'Use This Address' suggestion button appear, asking you if you want to use its suggested e-mail address. If you do, click on the suggested e-mail address to have it automatically typed into the TO edit box for you (auto filled). The suggested e-mail address is normally based on a previously used e-mail address. If you have used similar e-mail addresses they might also be used as suggestions. So in the future if you type the letter D you might get David and Denise suggested e-mail addresses.
Fig 1.3 - Click on the suggested e-mail address to have it automatically typed into the TO edit box for you
The SUBJECT edit box requires a Subject (e-mail title) - Something to do with the nature of the e-mail. For example: If you were talking about a trip to Europe your subject (e-mail title) might be European Tour, Train Information, Itinerary or whatever. As soon as you start typing something inside the SUBJECT edit box the word Subject will disappear and be replaced by your message title. In the case E-Mail Test Only.
Fig 1.4 - Fill in the SUBJECT edit box with a meaningful Subject (e-mail title)
Some ISP's (broadband providers) do not like to receive an e-mail without a Subject. They may think the e-mail is Junk Mail or a Virus and not send the e-mail any further. They might even send you an error message saying so (i.e "E-Mail had no Subject"...."Could not process this e-mail"). So ALWAYS give your e-mail a Subject.
The MESSAGE edit box requires a Message, realistically with at least one word inside it. Normally though the message should be in the form of a small note or a letter. By default (normal behaviour) the e-mail message box has a default (standard) signature inside it - Sent from Mail for Windows 10 - which can act as a message if you wish; especially if your Subject tells the message (i.e. Meet you at 8pm, today, outside the local pub).
Fig 1.5 - Fill in the MESSAGE edit box with a Small Note or a Letter
Just the same as the Subject, some ISP's (broadband providers) do not like to receive an e-mail without a Message. They may think the e-mail is Junk Mail or a Virus and not send the e-mail any further. They might even send you an error message saying so (i.e "E-Mail had no Message"...."Could not process this e-mail"). So ALWAYS give your e-mail a message.
Now that the three edit boxes have been filled in, the last thing to do is click on the SEND button to actually send the e-mail to your ISP's (broadband provider's) server (e-mail computer) for processing.
Fig 1.6 - Click on the SEND button to send the e-mail to your ISP's (broadband provider's) server (e-mail computer)
After clicking on the SEND button, at this time, you will NOT see any notification that the e-mail has been sent. You might get a complaint about the e-mail account settings, but this would normally be due to Internet Connection problems and/or because of incorrect E-mail Settings; in which your NOT sent e-mail would be in either the DRAFTS folder or OUTBOX folder. NOTE: The Windows 10 MAIL App is still in development stages with classic features such as the status bar missing. If/when features are modified/added to the Windows 10 MAIL App, I will update this section accordingly. Until then you will need to manually check the SENT ITEMS folder to see if your e-mail was successfully sent.
Fig 1.7 - Click on the ALL FOLDERS button to continue
Fig 1.8 - Click on the SENT ITEMS folder (Sent Box) to view your list of sent e-mails
Fig 1.9 - The e-mail was sent successfully, at 12:40 pm, to Denise Oakdale.
In the above example the e-mail was sent successfully, at 12:40 pm to Denise Oakdale. In the next section I will show you how to send an e-mail with an attachment (i.e. send an e-mail with a photo file attach to it).