Send messages

New to Gmail? Here's a step-by-step guide on composing and sending messages:

  1. Click the Compose button on the left side of your Gmail page.
  2. Type your recipient's email address in the “To” field.
    • As you type a recipient’s address, Gmail will suggest addresses from your Contacts list using auto-complete.
    • Once you've entered a contact in the "To" field, hover over the contact’s name to see the email address and other information associated with it. Double-click a contact’s name to edit the email address or name.
    • We suggest using the carbon copy feature when you'd like to include additional recipients whose responses are welcome but not required. Display this field by clicking Cc. The blind carbon copy field (click Bcc to display) lets you hide recipients' addresses and names from one another.
  3. Enter a subject for your message in the “Subject” field.
  4. Write your message! Just click in the large field below the subject line and type away.
  5. When you're done composing, click the Send button at the bottom of your compose window.

These are just the basics of composing mail, but there’s a lot more you can do, like change the color of your text, or add a signature. Learn more about composing mail.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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