How to Compose a Message in Microsoft Outlook

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In Brief...

It is simple to compose a new message in Outlook.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.

Instructions

  1. On the Mail Ribbon, on the Home tab, from the New group, click the New Items drop-down arrow.
    New Items

  2. Select E-mail Message.
    E-mail Message

  3. A new, blank message opens.
    New Blank Message

  4. In the To field, enter the recipient's email address.
    To field

  5. Press Tab to move the cursor to the next line.

  6. If necessary, enter recipient addresses in the CC field.
    CC Field

  7. Press Tab to move the cursor to the next line.

  8. Enter a subject in the Subject field.
    Subject Field

  9. Press Tab to move the cursor to the message body area and type your message.
    Press Tab

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