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Hotmail email overview (Message editor)

Hotmail email editor Once you have created your new Hotmail account, you will spend a lot of your time with the new email window and editor. So, this tutorial will cover in detail the anatomy of a Hotmail email. The next tutorials will delve into more details, but this page will give you a quick-start, in-depth look at the new email window. We will show you the role of each elements of the email editor, explain the options behind each command, and give you ideas or advice to make the most of your experience editing emails in Hotmail. While this tutorial focuses on the case of a new Hotmail email (blank fields and email body), everything covered also applies to the editor in general: in other words, also applicable to when you reply to emails, or forward an email you received to someone else.
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The Hotmail email editor (aka the new Hotmail email window)

The screen you will use most often to compose new emails, reply to emails, and forward emails, is the Hotmail email editor: this window is packed with functionality we will explore in this tutorial. The screenshot below shows a new Hotmail email:

Hotmail email

And here are the explanations corresponding to each number:

7. The email editor toolbar

Pictured again below for your convenience, the Hotmail email toolbar contains every command outside formatting; many of these commands can also be accessed without the mouse, by using Hotmail's keyboard shortcuts:

Hotmail email main toolbar

And here is a breakdown of each of the toolbar buttons:

Now get started using Hotmail's new email editor!

… And this concludes our comprehensive overview of the new Hotmail email window. The next tutorials on the left navigation narrow-in on each of the topics covered on this page:

Compose a new message | Reply to emails | Forward emails

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