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HTML Messages

AY Mail 2. Any Edition
No special skills required

There are two kinds of email messages you can send:

Plain text messages. They cannot have any formatting, such as bold, italic, or colored text, and they cannot have pictures. If you want to use any of these features, you need to send HTML messages.

HTML messages. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and is commonly used on web pages. Most mail clients will understand HTML messages, so it is generally safe for you to send HTML.

To switch between these message formats, use the Format button on the Message tab. You can also select the default format for new messages by clicking Settings->Message Composition.

For HTML messages, AY Mail provides built-in HTML editor, which consists of two tabs. The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) lets you edit HTML messages as they appear. It contains a toolbar which lets you change fonts, colors, insert links, pictures and tables.

Advanced users can use the HTML Code tab to edit HTML code directly.

To compose HTML messages you can do one of the following:

Use AY Mail built-in HTML editor to compose the HTML message from scratch.

Use one of many built-in HTML templates as a starting point.

1. Select Message->Load Template from the main menu. The dialog will appear that lets you select the template.

2. Select the desired template on the left, and click on the Load button.

Use an HTML file composed elsewhere:

1. Select File->Import->Message Text from the main menu. The dialog will appear that lets you select the file.

2. Select HTML Files under Files of Type.

3. Navigate to the file that you have created and click on the Open button.

Keep in mind that, if you included graphics on your pages, AY Mail will have to embed them into the message. This may increase the size of the message and slow down the sending considerably, especially if you send personalized messages.

Before you send the HTML message to all of your recipients, make sure you send a test message to several people and verify the results.

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