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   Send and reply to an e-mail   

An e-mail address is made up of two parts. In the middle is an @ symbol (known as 'at') that divides the two parts. On the right is the address of the local server that handles the mail for this person. On the left is the person's user name on this server. For example, 'marywallace@indigo.ie' identifies a user called Mary Wallace in the domain 'indigo.ie'. Sometimes there is a limit on the number of characters allowed in an e-mail address Blank spaces are not allowed. The 'underscore' key is used '_' instead of a blank space.

E-mail addresses are very easy to mistype. One error and the mail is not sent. However, you can normally tell if your e-mail message has failed as it will come back to you with a warning that it was not delivered.

E-mail is usually organised in folders


Is used to


Store e-mail messages you receive


Hold e-mail messages that are ready to send

Sent items

Keep copies of messages you have sent

Deleted items

Provide a temporary storage area for messages you have deleted


Hold messages you are not finished writing

You can compose e-mail messages while you are online or offline. If you compose off line the message is stored in your Outbox until you go online and send it. If you compose online, the message is sent when you click the send button.



To send an e-mail

1. Open your e-mail software. A window of the type shown appears.

2. Enter the e-mail address of the recipient and the subject of the message in the appropriate boxes.

3. Compose your message in the space provided.

4. Click 'send' to send the e-mail.

5. A copy of your message may be saved in the 'sent' items folder

To reply to an e-mail

Once you have opened a new mail, you can reply

to that mail by clicking on the reply button. The

persons e-mail address automatically appears in

the 'To' box. alternatively you can send a new mail.

Receiving an e-mail

Click on the following link for receiving an e-mail.


Pupil Tasks

Practice sending e-mails to your classmates. The more you practice the easier it will become.

Log on to the Deafchild International website and visit their section on e-pals for deaf students. An e-pal is a person that you e-mail on a regular basis, sharing interests and ideas. Click on this link Find a friend.

Log on to the e-pals section of the Teachnet website (under the Web Hotlist section) where you will fine interesting ideas for setting up an e-mail project with e-pals.com Classroom Exchange.


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