Creating and Retrieving Draft Messages and Attachments Using Messenger

How to create and retrieve a "draft" message | How to attach a binary file to a message
How to download a binary file attached to a message

How to create and retrieve a "draft" message

The following instructions explain how to create and retrieve a "draft" message. A draft message is one that you create but do not send immediately. If you save an unfinished message in draft format, then you can return to that specific message at a later time to edit or complete--and then send it.

  1. On the Navigation Toolbar, click New Msg.
  2. Fill in the e-mail address information.
  3. Type text for the body of the message.

    The following screen is a sample screen.

  4. On the Menu Bar, select File | Save As.
  5. Click Draft.

    By default, draft messages are saved on the central e-mail server (mail.udel.edu).

  6. Click the Close button (in the upper-right corner of the dialog box) to close the dialog box.
  7. In the Folder List pane, click Draft.

  8. You will see the message header for your draft message in the Message List pane. You should see a screen similar to the following one:

  9. Double-click the message header.
  10. Make any changes you want.
  11. On the Navigation Toolbar, click Send.

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How to attach a binary file to a message

You can use Messenger to send binary files--such as word-processed files--as an attachment in an e-mail program. For example, you can attach a Microsoft Word file to a message you are sending to a colleague or professor.

All word-processed files are binary files that contain computer instructions. So for your colleague to see the file in its binary format (with correct margin settings, tabs, font, etc.), you must send the file as an attachment rather than as text in the body of a message.

Caution: After you attach a file to a message and then send the message to a correspondent, you should delete the message from your Sent folder because attachments use up a lot of disk space. If you save messages with attachments, you will exceed the disk quota limit allotted for your account. If you exceed your disk quota limit, you will not be able to work with your e-mail until you remove excess messages to decrease the amount of disk space you use.

The following instructions explain how to attach a binary file to a message.

  1. On the Navigation Toolbar, click New Msg. The Message Composition dialog box will appear.
  2. In the To text field, type the complete e-mail address for your correspondent.
  3. Press the TAB key.
  4. In the Subject text field, type a subject line.
  5. Press the TAB key.
  6. Type text for the body of the message.
  7. On the Navigation Toolbar, click Attach.
  8. On the Menu Bar, click File. A dialog box will appear that requests the name of the file you want to attach.
  9. Click the name of the file you want to attach.
  10. Click Open. The file is attached to your message as a binary file.
  11. On the Navigation Toolbar, click Send.
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How to download a binary file attached to a message

Caution: If you receive a message with an attachment, after you download the file to your desktop computer's hard drive, you should delete the message from your Inbox folder because attachments use a lot of disk space. If you save messages with attachments, you will exceed the disk quota limit allotted for your account. If you exceed your disk quota limit, you will not be able to work with your e-mail until you remove excess messages to decrease the amount of disk space you use.

  1. In the Folder List pane, click on the Inbox folder.
  2. On the Navigation Toolbar, click Get Msg.
  3. Click the header of the message you want to view.
  4. You'll see a box at the end of the message with the following information: name, type, encoding, and--on the left side--the name of the file underlined as a hypertext link.

  5. Click the underlined filename.
  6. Warning: You'll see a dialog box asking if you want to open the file or save it to a disk. To avoid a potential virus infection, you should download the file to a virus-free diskette. Then, check the disk using a virus protection program to verify that the file does not have a virus. If you open the file directly, you risk infecting your computer with a virus, which may damage your files, software, or hardware.

  7. Click on either Save it to disk or Open it.
  8. Click OK.
  9. If the program with which the file was created is installed on your computer, the program will automatically open the file. You should see the file with its correct formatting.

    Note: You don't need to attach a web page to a message. If you type the URL in the text of the message, the URL will become an active link in the message.

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Last updated May 9, 2002
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