Best Buddies

E-Mail Basics

Below is information about e-mail that you will need to be familiar with to e-mail your e-Buddy.

E-Mail Address - An e-mail address is the Internet location where e-mails can be sent. Your e-Buddy's e-mail address is E-mail addresses are like street addresses but for getting e-mails instead of letters.

Contacts - Your contacts in your e-mail account list different e-mail addresses for your friends and family. Your e-Buddy should be listed as

Inbox - Your inbox is where new e-mails will show up. Here you will be able to click on an e-mail to read it.

Outbox - Your outbox shows all the e-mails you have sent. If you want to read an old e-mail that you sent, you can click on that e-mail here. Your outbox might be called "Sent Mail."

Compose Mail - Depending on your e-mail provider (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.), writing a new e-mail can be a little different. There should be a button that says "Compose Mail" or "New" to write a new e-mail. When you click this, a window will open with space to write your e-mail.

To line - When you are writing an e-mail, at the top of the page is a "To" line. This is where you put the e-mail address of the person you want to send a message to. To e-mail your e-Buddy, you will put

Subject - This is the subject of the e-mail. It is always good to put what the e-mail is about. For example, if you are writing your e-Buddy about your weekend plans, your subject could be "weekend plans."

Body - The body of the e-mail is where you will write your e-mail. This is a box located below the subject line. You should always include an opening and closing line in your e-mail.

Opening Line - The opening line to your e-mail is your greeting. Some examples are "Dear Ashley," "Hello!," "Good morning," etc.

Closing Line - Your closing line is how you end your e-mail. This can be "Your e-Buddy," "In friendship," "Have a good day!," etc. You should put your name below the closing line.