1. E-Mail Basics: Overview - Key Ideas
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- Addresses: Consist of: username@domain. At OSU, the username is the person's last name followed by a period and a number. The domain is always osu.edu (staff/faculty) OR buckeyemail.osu.edu (students).
- Messages: First, set up your mail program. When you receive mail, it is downloaded into your Inbox. Send messages and copy to others (use CC: and BCC: fields). Reply to messages you receive, or forward them to others.
- Attaching Files: When sending other files as attachments to messages, be aware of what file formats your reader can open. Try to use
cross-platform formats that can be read on a PC or a Macintosh. Also be aware that attachments may carry computer viruses.
- Managing Your E-mail: Use folders (or mailboxes) to store and organize mail you wish to keep. Use filters (or message rules) to route certain messages to mailboxes automatically. If you have several e-mail accounts, set up one program to retrieve mail from all of them.
- Signatures and Style: Signatures are small text files that contain contact or other information and can be added automatically to your messages. Observe rules of online courtesy and style (netiquette) when sending e-mail.
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