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To send a message in Emacs, you start by typing a command (`C-x m')
to select and initialize the `*mail*' buffer. Then you edit the text
and headers of the message in this buffer, and type another command
(`C-c C-c') to send the message.
Begin composing a message to send (`mail').
`C-x 4 m'
Likewise, but display the message in another window
`C-x 5 m'
Likewise, but make a new frame (`mail-other-frame').
In Mail mode, send the message and switch to another buffer
The command `C-x m' (`mail') selects a buffer named `*mail*' and
initializes it with the skeleton of an outgoing message. `C-x 4 m'
(`mail-other-window') selects the `*mail*' buffer in a different
window, leaving the previous current buffer visible. `C-x 5 m'
(`mail-other-frame') creates a new frame to select the `*mail*' buffer.
Because the mail composition buffer is an ordinary Emacs buffer, you
can switch to other buffers while in the middle of composing mail, and
switch back later (or never). If you use the `C-x m' command again
when you have been composing another message but have not sent it, you
are asked to confirm before the old message is erased. If you answer
`n', the `*mail*' buffer is left selected with its old contents, so you
can finish the old message and send it. `C-u C-x m' is another way to
do this. Sending the message marks the `*mail*' buffer "unmodified",
which avoids the need for confirmation when `C-x m' is next used.
If you are composing a message in the `*mail*' buffer and want to
send another message before finishing the first, rename the `*mail*'
buffer using `M-x rename-uniquely' (Note: Misc Buffer.). Then you
can use `C-x m' or its variants described above to make a new `*mail'
buffer. Once you've done that, you can work with each mail buffer
- Mail FormatFormat of the mail being composed.
- Mail HeadersDetails of permitted mail header fields.
- Mail AliasesAbbreviating and grouping mail addresses.
- Mail ModeSpecial commands for editing mail being composed.
- Distracting NSAHow to distract the NSA's attention.
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