Composing and Sending Messages

Email isn't simply about the messages you receive. It also involves responses that you send and the new messages that you create. With Gmail mobile, sending a message response is simple; you just have to be able to find the message controls (and sometimes those aren't immediately obvious).

When you open a message in Gmail, the header and body of the message appear on your screen. Unless the message is short, that's probably all you'll see. But if you scroll farther down the page by dragging your finger up the screen, you'll see the controls that enable you to reply to a message (see Figure 6.7).

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The controls you need to reply to an existing message are at the bottom of the message. You might have to scroll down to see them.

To reply to the person who sent you the message, touch the Reply button. If the message included more than one person in the recipient string, you can reply to everyone in the string by touching the Reply to All button, or you can forward the message to another person by touching the Forward button. Touching any one of these three buttons opens a mail form. When you touch Reply or Reply to All, you'll see that the recipient field is already filled out, and your cursor appears in the message field for you to add your own text. When you choose the Forward option, the new message appears just like before, except that your cursor automatically moves to the To field so that you can add recipients to the message.

When you're finished composing your message, touch the Send option at the bottom of the page (you'll probably have to scroll down to get to it). If you're not ready to send the message, you also have the options Save As Draft or Discard. If you choose to save the message as a draft, you'll be able to find it in the Draft folder.

If you want to send a new message that is not a reply to another or a forward of another, you can do that, too. You must be in the Inbox to compose a new message. From the Inbox, use these steps to send a new message:

1. Press the Menu key to open a menu of additional functions (shown in Figure 6.8).

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Press the Menu key to open a menu of available email options, including Compose.

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2. Touch Compose to open a new mail form.

3. The new mail form opens, with your cursor in the To field. Enter the email address of the person you want to send the message to. The To field has an autocomplete option, based on the email addresses you have in your address book (see Figure 6.9). If the address you want to use appears in this list, touch it to add it automatically.

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An autocomplete function provides suggested email addresses that you might be typing. If the address you want is shown, touch it to add it to the message.

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4. If you want to add more than one email address, begin typing the next one. The autocomplete options appear again. Use the same actions you did in step 3 to add another address.

5. When you've entered the email address (or addresses) that you want to send the message to, touch the Subject line to add a message subject.

6. Touch the body of the message to enter the text of the message.

7. When you've finished composing the message and you're ready to send it, touch the Send button at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, you can select Save As Draft or Discard.

commands when you're within the Compose Message screen. To reach those commands, press the Menu key (while you're in the Compose Message screen). This brings up a menu of available commands, including these:

■ Add Cc/Bcc—Opens additional copy and blind copy address fields, as shown in Figure 6.10.

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Use the Cc and Bcc fields to add copy and blind copy recipients for your message.

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Use the Cc and Bcc fields to add copy and blind copy recipients for your message.

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■ Discard—Discards the message.

■ Attach—Opens the picture file so you can select a picture to send to someone. Touch the picture that you want to include to attach it to the message. You're then returned to the Compose screen. If you change your mind about attaching the picture, touch the X to the right of the filename to remove it. Unfortunately, the only option that you have for attaching files is to select a picture.

■ Edit Subject—Moves your cursor back to the subject line so you can edit it.

When you're working with text, you might think you can use certain finger motions, but the motions don't always work as expected. For example, you might expect to be able to select a word or line of text by sweeping your finger over it. But that doesn't work. To select text (also called highlighting it), press the Shift key on the keyboard while moving the track ball to the left or right. Alternatively, you can long-touch a selection of text and choose Select All. To copy the text, use a long touch and select Copy from the menu that appears. To paste the text somewhere else, place the cursor where you want to the text to go and long-touch that area of the screen; select Paste when it appears onscreen. You can learn more about keyboard shortcuts in Appendix B, "G1 Keyboard Shortcuts."

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