Composing (creating) emails

Compose an email

  1. From the inbox, click Compose.
  2. Enter the recipient’s email address in the To field. Click Address Book to locate an address from your Address Book.
  3. Enter a brief description of your email in the Subject line.
  4. Enter your message in the large text box.
  5. Click the Spell Checker icon to check for misspellings.
  6. Click Send.

Add an attachment to your email

  1. From the Compose New Message page, create a new email as usual.
  2. In the Attachments section, click Browse and select the file you want to attach.


If you add an attachment and want to delete it before sending, click the Remove File link beside the attachment.

You cannot add or download the following file types from email messages in Learning Environment: .asp, .aspx, .exe, .bat, .dll, .com, .asa, .asax, .ascx, .asmx, .axd, .cdx, .cer, .config, .idc, .cs, .csproj, .java, .jsl, .licx, .rem, .resources, .resx, .shtm, .shtml, .stm, .vb, .vbproj, .vjsproj, .vsdisco, .webinfo, .ini.

The size of the attachments you are able to send is determined by your organization. You will receive a warning message if your attachment is larger than the allowable size.

Compose Message options

Option Description

Address Book

Click Address Book to open, in a pop-up, an address book containing your contacts. Use the Address Book to quickly fill in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields. See Using the Address Book for information on how to use this feature.

To, Cc, Bcc

You can also send messages to contacts by directly entering their addresses into these fields.


Specify a subject line in this field.


Set the priority for this message as Low, Normal (default setting), or High. This priority setting will appear next to your message in the receiver's Message List.


Enter your message into this area.

Spell Check

Click the Spell Check icon to check your message for misspellings.


Click the Preview icon to have a look at your message before sending it.


Browse for and add attachments to your message. Click Add Another File to add multiple attachments.


Click Cancel to cancel the message you are composing. (Not applicable to Send-Only configurations.)

Save as Draft

Click Save as Draft to save the message you are composing (with any attachments) to the Drafts folder without sending it. (Desire2Learn Email only.)


After composing your email and adding any attachments, click Send to send it. A message will display either confirming that your message has been sent or letting you know the message could not be sent.


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