Mail app for Windows

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Write and send email

Here's how you can write and respond to email messages.

Tap To do this
Tap
New button

New button

To do this

Write an email.

Tap or click the new button on the screen, start typing the first few letters of the name of the person you want to send an email to, and choose from the list of suggestions that appear. You can continue writing a message later if you want—your draft will automatically be saved.

Tap
Send button

Send button

To do this

Send an email.

Once you're done writing you email, tap or click the send button on the screen.

Tap
Respond button

Respond button

To do this

Reply to or forward an email.

Tap or click the email you want to respond to, tap or click the respond button on the screen, and then choose the option you want.

Tap
Attach files button

Attach files button

To do this

Attach a file to your email.

Tap or click the attach button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Tap
Search button

Search button

To do this

To search for an email, tap or click the search button and then enter what you're looking for in the search box. You can choose to search just the folder you're in or across all folders.

Format messages

Here's how you can see the formatting options for new messages:

  1. Tap or click the new button on the screen to start a new message.

  2. Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)

Here’s the list of formatting options.

Tap To do this
Tap
Button to choose font

Font

To do this

Change the font style and size

Tap
Button to choose color

Color

To do this

Change the font color

Tap
Button to highlight the chosen text

Highlight

To do this

Highlight the text you’ve chosen or the text you enter

Tap
Button to bold the chosen text

Bold

To do this

Bold the text you’ve chosen or the text you enter

Tap
Button to italicize the chosen text

Italics

To do this

Italicize the text you’ve chosen or the text you enter

Tap
Button to underline chosen text

Underline

To do this

Underline the text you’ve chosen or the text you enter

Tap
Button to add a list

List

To do this

Change the text you’ve chosen or the text you enter into a bulleted or numbered list

Tap
Button to open list of emoticons

Emoticon

To do this

Open the list of emoticons you can add to your message

Tap
Button to add link to chosen text

Hyperlink

To do this

Insert links in your email. Once you've added a link, you can edit or remove it by tapping the same button.

Tap
Button to open selected email in a new window

Open window

To do this

Open your email in a new window

Tap
Button to open more formatting options

More

To do this

See more options like Sync, Undo, Redo, and Clear formatting.

Next: Organize your inbox