Excite Help
Composing Messages
 
 Creating a New Message

To start a new message, click "Compose Messages" on the upper navigation bar.

You can address a message in one of three ways:
  • Type an email address directly into the "To," "Cc," and/or "Bcc" field(s).
  • Select an address from your Address Book by clicking the "To," "Cc," or "Bcc" checkbox next to that name and clicking the "Send Mail" button.
  • Within "Compose Messages," click an address found in the "Quick Address Book" box. Note: You may send an email message to a maximum of 50 addresses. This includes all addresses in the To, Cc and Bcc fields.
You can save a draft of your new message if you wish to complete and send it at a later time.

To save your message as a draft, simply click the "Save Draft" button on the Compose screen. The message is saved to a folder called "Drafts" by default.

To retrieve a saved draft message:
  1. Click "Drafts" under the Folder list along the left-column navigation.
  2. Click the subject of the Draft you want to view.
  3. Finish composing your message and hit "Send."
 Addressing

From the Compose Message screen, you can address a message in one of three ways:
  • Type an email address directly into the "To," "Cc," and/or "Bcc" field(s).
  • Open your Address Book by clicking on the "Complete Address Book" link under your Quick Address Book (located to the right of the "To," "Cc" and "Bcc" fields). Select an address by clicking the "To," "Cc," or "Bcc" checkbox(es) next to that name, then click "Select"
  • Click on a contact name in your Quick Address Book.
Note: At least one valid email address must be present in the "To" field in order to send a message. You may send an email message to a maximum of 50 addresses. This includes all addresses in the To, Cc and Bcc fields.

 Saving Drafts

You can save a draft of your message if you wish to complete and send it at a later time. To save your message as a draft, simply click the "Save Draft" button on the Compose screen. The message is saved to your "Drafts" folder.

To retrieve a saved draft message:
  1. Click "Drafts" under the Folders list along the left-column navigation.
  2. Click the subject of the Draft you want to view.
  3. Finish composing your message and hit "Send."
 Attachments

Names of files attached to your outgoing message appear beneath the Compose Message field next to the "Attachments" button. Multiple attachments are separated by a comma.

Note: Maximum email size (message plus attachment) is 10MB.
Maximum number of attachments per email is 10.
 
 Attaching a File

To attach a file to a message:
  1. Click the "Attach" button on the Compose screen. You may add up to 10 attachments per email. (Premium Email Gold members may attach up to 15 messages.)
  2. On the attachments screen click the "Browse" button next to the empty Find Files field. Navigate to the file you want to attach and double-click (or select it and click the "Open" button). The file name will appear in the "Find File" text field. If attaching multiple files, repeat this step.
  3. Click the "Attach Files" button. The files will appear under the "Currently Attached Files" header.
  4. Click the "Return to your Message" button.
  5. Names of files attached to your outgoing message will appear above the Compose Message field next to the "Attachments" header. Multiple attachments are listed vertically.
 Detaching a File

To detach a file from a message:
  1. Click the "Attach" button on the Compose screen.
  2. On the Attachments screen, you will see a list of all attachments under the "Currently Attached Files" heading.
  3. Click the "Remove" link next to the file you would like to remove. The file is removed from the "Currently attached file(s)" field, as well as from the Attachments field on the Compose screen.
  4. To remove more than one file, repeat steps 2 and 3.
  5. Click the "Return to your Message" button when finished.
 Spell checking your message

To check the text of your message for proper spelling, just click the "Spell Check" button on the Compose Message screen.
 
For IE Users:
 
If the Excite spell-check dictionary does not recognize a word in your email message, that word will be highlighted for you on the Spell Check page. You can correct the spelling yourself by simply typing over what is displayed in the "Change To" box, or choose one of the suggestions provided for you in the "Suggestions" box.
 
Once you've made your correction, click the "Change" button at the bottom of the page to save your change and move on to the next word. (If the highlighted word in question is spelled the way you intended it, just click the "Ignore" button.)
 
After you have made all corrections to your message, a "Spell check complete" pop-up will appear. Click "Done."
 
NOTE: If at any time you wish to abandon all your changes and return to your Compose Message screen, just click the "Cancel" button. If you want to return to your Compose Message screen before completing the Spell Check, but wish to save the changes you've already made, click the "Done" button.
 
For Netscape users:
 
If the Excite spell-check dictionary does not recognize a word in your email message, the word will appear in a box with a question mark next to it. Just click on the question mark to see a list of possible replacements.
 
In the Spell Check suggestion window that pops up, you have three options:
  • You can make a manual correction by typing over what is shown in the top box, then hit the "Change" button.
  • You can select an alternative spelling from the pull-down suggestion list in the center of the pop-up. Just highlight the word you want and hit the "Change" button.
  • If you don't wish to make any changes, just click on the "Leave unchanged" link or close the pop-up window.
Your changes, if any, will immediately be shown on the main spell-check page. When you are finished spell-checking your message, click the "Done" button to return to the "Compose Mesage" screen with your spelling corrections in place. (Click "Cancel" to abandon any changes you have already made and to return to your "Compose Message" screen.)