Excite Help
What is Power Editor?
 
Power Editor gives your email account word processing functionality! You now have the ability to compose a message using all these features:
  • Change fonts
  • Change font size
  • Insert stationery or a background color
  • Change font color
  • Change the background color of a font
  • Bold, italicize, underline, and indent/outdent information
  • Cut, copy and paste information
  • Set up numbered lists or bullet points
  • Insert animations from our graphics library
  • Create and embed hyperlinks
  • Insert sound bites from our library of over 100 recordings
How do I access Power Editor?
 
Simply click on the Compose Messages link in your Excite Email account. Above the message window is a link that says "Sounds, Stationery and Graphics!" Click on this link to access the Excite Email Power Editor.
 
To revert to the original Compose Message screen, click the "Switch to Plain Version" link located below the Quick Address Book box on the Power Editor's Compose Message screen.
 
Is Power Editor compatible with all browsers?
 
Power Editor is only compatible with Internet Explorer 5.01 for Windows and higher.
 
Is Power Editor compatible with all email systems?
 
We have built Power Editor to work with nearly every email provider on the Web. We are aware of one or two cases where a web-based email system does not allow for HTML emails. In these cases, your message will still arrive, but it will not show the recipient the fun bells and whistles you have added.
 
If you find an email provider that is not compatible with the Excite Email Power Editor, please let us know and we will investigate.
 
What about messages sent to @aol.com or @netscape.net addresses?
 
AOL and Netscape remove stationery and background colors from emails received by their systems. Therefore, stationery or background colors do not appear when sent to @aol.com or @netscape.net email users. For this reason, we recommend that you not use a white text font when sending an email containing stationery or background colors to anyone using either of these email providers.
 
Is Power Editor compatible with Spell Check?
 
Yes, Spell Check is fully compatible with Power Editor. To check the spelling of your outgoing email, click the from the Power Editor toolbar or click the "Spell Check" button in the lower-right or upper-right corner of the page.
 
How do I switch from Power Editor back to the Plain Text version of Excite Email?
 
Simple! Just click on the "Switch to Plain Version" link located just above the Power Editor tool. Remember to do this before you type your message - or copy your message before making the switch. Otherwise, you will lose your composed message.
 
When I hit the Enter key, Power Editor adds a double line break. How do I create a single line break?
 
It's easy. Hold down your Shift Key when hitting Enter - it will automatically create a single line break.
 
How do I change Fonts?
 
The default font is Arial. To change this font, simply click on the drop down box titled "Font" and select one of 11 font options. If you would like to change the font of text that you have already typed, simply highlight the text and choose the font from the drop down box.
 
PLEASE NOTE: After you have selected an option, the word "Font" will continue to appear in the box.
 
How do I change Font Size?
 
The default font size is "2." To change font size, simply click on the drop down box titled "Size" and select one of seven font size options. If you would like to change the font size of the text that you have already typed, simply highlight the text and choose the font size from the drop down box. PLEASE NOTE: After you have selected an option, the word "Size" will continue to appear in the box.
 
How do I change Text Color?
 
To change text color click on the Text Color icon on the top row of the Power Editor and select an option from our color palette. To go back to the default color click on the Text Color icon and select "Default" from the bottom-right corner of the palette. If you would like to change the color of text that you have already typed, simply highlight the text and choose the text color from our palette.
 
How do I change Text Background Color?
 
To change text background color click on the Text Background Color icon on the top row of the Power Editor and select an option from our color palette. To go back to the default color click on the Text Background Color icon and select "Default" from the bottom-right corner of the palette. If you would like to change the background color of text that you have already typed, simply highlight the text and choose the text color from our palette.
 
How do I Bold, Italicize or Underline text?
 
To Bold, Italicize or Underline text, simply choose the "B," "I" or "U" icons from the top row of the Power Editor. To affect text that has already been typed, simply highlight the text and select one or more of the icons.
 
I attached a sound to an email message, but my friend couldn't play it. Why?
 
The music player your friend is using may not be compatible with Power Editor sounds. For best results, ask your friend to download and install the latest updates of Windows Media Player - then set it up as the computer's default player.
 
What are these other icons on the Power Editor - and what do they do?
 
Click the Print icon to print the message portion of the screen.
 
Click the Preview icon to review your outgoing message and listen to any sounds you have inserted.
 
Click the Spell Check icon to check the spelling of your outgoing message.
 
Highlight a section of text and click the Cut icon to remove it. This information will be temporarily saved on the clipboard and may then be pasted.
 
Highlight a section of text and click the Copy icon. The selected text will remain, and a copy of the selected text will be saved to the clipboard, which may then be pasted.
 
Text which is copied or cut is saved to the clipboard. You can then paste this information into the email by clicking Paste.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Only the most recent copied or cut text is saved to the clipboard.
 
Click the Left Justify icon to align some or all text to the left margin.
 
Click the Center Justify icon to center some or all of your text.
 
Click the Right Justify icon to align some or all text to the right margin.
 
Click the Outdent icon to align previously Indented text to the left margin.
 
Click the Indent icon to align the paragraph in from the margin.
 
Click the Numbered List icon to insert a numbered list into your email. Hit enter on your keyboard and the next number in the sequence will appear. Hit enter twice or click the Numbered List icon again to finish the numbered list and resume normal formatting.
 
Click the Bullet List icon to insert a bulleted list into your email. Hit enter on your keyboard and a new bullet will appear on the next line. Hit enter twice or click the Bulleted List icon again to resume normal formatting.
 
Use the Web icon to create a hyperlink in your message. To do so:
  • Highlight a section of text
  • Click the Web button
  • Choose the type of link from the drop-down menu
  • Enter the web page's URL you'd like to send
  • Please be sure to include the http:// or other appropriate prefix within the address
  • Click OK
The highlighted text will now appear as a hyperlink in the sent message, and clicking it will take the receiver of the email to the site you specified in the pop-up window.
 
To insert an image into your email:
  • Place your cursor in the area where you would like the image to appear
  • Click the image icon
  • Choose an image from the pop-up menu by clicking on it
The image will appear in the specified section of your email.
 
To select stationery or a background color:
  • Click the Stationery icon
  • Click on a Category in the first column
  • Click on a type of Stationery or a background color in the second column. You can view that stationery/ background color in the preview box in the third column.
  • Click Finish
The stationery/ background color you select will appear in the email you are composing.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Stationery or background colors do not appear when sent to @aol.com or @netscape.net email users. For this reason, we recommend that you not use a white text font when sending an email containing stationery or background colors to anyone using either email system.
 
To Insert a Sound
  • Place your cursor in the area where you would like your sound icon to appear
  • Click the Sound button
  • Select a category from the left column by clicking on the name
  • Listen to the sounds by clicking on the speaker image
  • Select a sound by clicking the Select button. The sound icon will appear in the email you are composing.
     
    PLEASE NOTE: To listen to a sound you have inserted into an email, click the Preview icon. In the pop-up window you can review the message you are composing. Click on the Sound icon in this window and you can review the sound you have inserted.