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Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies® by Jim Gordon, Geetesh Bajaj

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Chapter V.3. Mastering Mail

In This Chapter

  • Arranging the preview pane

  • Opening, reading, creating, and sending e-mail

  • Exploring Entourage's menu options

  • Figuring out your toolbars and panes

  • Dealing with digital certificates for e-mail

E-mail is more than just a way of communicating; it's a vital lifeline for businesses and organizations. Socially, text messaging on cellphones may have supplanted e-mail as the dominant form of casual communication for some people. Devices like the Apple iPhone blend text messaging, phone, and e-mail into a single device, extending the utility of all the features of e-mail with the benefit of portability.

E-mail is a staple of everyone's life because it's convenient; and it's easy to save, search, archive, and organize. If you need to have solid evidence that mail was sent or received, you can use digitally signed mail as proof that a particular document was transmitted from one person or entity to another.

We begin this chapter with simple mail basics and then cover mail organization tools. Along the way, we take a detour to mention some nice features of Entourage that you may not be aware of.

Picking a Preview Pane View

By now, you may have your e-mail account set up. After you select your Inbox in the folder list (on the left side of the pane), choose the View menu, and then select one of the following preview pane arrangements:

  • On Right: This is Entourage's initial arrangement, as shown in Figures 3-1 and 3-2. When the preview pane is on the right, message ...

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