Send button: Click this button to send the message after it is written and addressed.

Quote button: Click this button to copy the contents of the last message selected into your current message. You can then edit that message as you wish.

Address button: Click this button to open your address book. See the next section for more information about how to use the address book.

Attach button: Click this button to attach a file, website, or address book card to your message.

Options button: Click this button for the following options on your messages:
  Encrypted: Use this option for sensitive e-mail messages. The sender and recipient MUST have previously filled out the security requirements. See for more details.
Signed: Similar to Encrypted, this option requires a Security Certificate for the sender.
Return Receipt: This one is very useful and doesn't require a Certificate to use. Check this option, and you will receive a confirmation message from the recipient when they download the message.
UUencode instead of MIME for attachments: This is not recommended because UUencode was never standardized and is very sensitive to errors. MIME is generally accepted as the industry standard and is a very stable format for file transmission.
Format window: This option is to set your message between Plain Text or HTML (web page style). Some older e-mail programs will not be able to read HTML text so use caution in these cases.
Spelling button: Click this button to check the spelling in your message.

Save button: Click this button to save a message that you haven't completed yet. The message is automatically saved into the Drafts folder. You can open the message later to complete it and send it out.

Print button: Click this button to print the current window. Make sure that your printer is ready.

Security button: Click this button to encrypt an e-mail message. Note: Messages can only be encrypted if the recipient has a Security Certificate. Click the Get Certificate button in the Security screen for more information on using encrypted e-mail.

To Field: This location contains the e-mail address of the person you are sending the message to. A valid e-mail address contains a username, the @ symbol (shift + 2), a domain name, and a .extension (Example: or You can send the same message to more than one person by seperating the addresses by a comma and a space (Example:,, Netscape does NOT provide a line for the person's real name.

Subject Field: This location is for a brief idea of what the message will be about. It is not required, but Netscape will remind you if it is left blank.

Priority Field: Use this menu to have your message flagged as a priority message. This feature will only be used by newer e-mail programs and will be ignored by those that don't recognize it.

Message Field: This is where you type the body of your message. There are no limitations on the number or type of characters you use. Lines will automatically wrap to the next one if they get too long, or you can insert them manually. Page breaks are also automatic, should the recipient decide to print your message. You can use different fonts, colors, sizes, etc., but make sure that the recipient will be able to view them. Some older computers don't recognize anything that isn't standard text.