Introduction to E-Mail
An Online Interactive Tutorial
This tutorial will help you to learn how to...
E-mail stands for electronic mail, which is the transmission of messages over a communications network. To use e-mail, you must have access to a computer that is linked to the outside world, via a modem, phone line, or fiber optic cable. E-mail messages are sent over the Internet and are stored in electronic mailbox servers for the recipient to retrieve them. Read the list of E-mail pros and cons.
E-mail addresses are one of the two types of addressing associated with the Internet. They're distinguishable from the other type of addresses for pages on the World Wide Web because e-mail addresses have the "@" (at) sign in the middle. Your e-mail address is specific to you. Only you have it. It's like your fingerprint. Click here to find out more about the three parts of an e-mail address.
How Does E-Mail Work?
When you send a message to your friend, it travels from your computer through your provider or service to your friend's mailbox, which is on her provider's server. The message is stored there on the provider's server until your friend logs on to check her mail. When you check your mail, it travels down from your mailbox on the server to your computer.
Etiquette on the Internet and for e-mail is referred to as Netiquette. There are proper and improper uses of e-mail and it pays to know some of the conventions and unwritten rules of e-mail. Read about E-mail Do's and Don'ts.
Sign Up for Free E-Mail
There are many free World Wide Web e-mail services that are available. This tutorial will be guiding you through the process of signing up for an e-mail account through MSN using their free e-mail service HOTMAIL. Click on the Hotmail link below to enroll in their free e-mail service and then come back to this tutorial and you can learn about reading, deleting, composing, replying, and forwarding messages.
Created by Lecia Eubanks