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The major mode used in the `*mail*' buffer is Mail mode. Mail mode
is similar to Text mode, but several commands are provided on the `C-c'
prefix. These commands all deal specifically with editing or sending
Send the message, and leave the `*mail*' buffer selected
Send the message, and select some other buffer
`C-c C-f C-t'
Move to the `To' header field, creating one if there is none
`C-c C-f C-s'
Move to the `Subject' header field, creating one if there is none
`C-c C-f C-c'
Move to the `CC' header field, creating one if there is none
Insert the file `~/.signature' at the end of the message text
Yank the selected message from Rmail (`mail-yank-original'). This
command does nothing unless your command to start sending a
message was issued with Rmail.
Fill all paragraphs of yanked old messages, each individually
Pops up a menu of useful mail-mode commands.
There are two ways to send a message. `C-c C-c'
(`mail-send-and-exit') is the usual way to send the message. It sends
the message and then deletes the window (if there is another window) or
switches to another buffer. It puts the `*mail*' buffer at the lowest
priority for automatic reselection, since you are finished with using
it. `C-c C-s' (`mail-send') sends the message and marks the `*mail*'
buffer unmodified, but leaves that buffer selected so that you can
modify the message (perhaps with new recipients) and send it again.
Mail mode provides some other special commands that are useful for
editing the headers and text of the message before you send it. There
are three commands defined to move point to particular header fields,
all based on the prefix `C-c C-f' (`C-f' is for "field"). They are
`C-c C-f C-t' (`mail-to') to move to the `To' field, `C-c C-f C-s'
(`mail-subject') for the `Subject' field, and `C-c C-f C-c' (`mail-cc')
for the `CC' field. These fields have special motion commands because
they are edited most frequently.
`C-c C-w' (`mail-signature') adds a standard piece of text at the
end of the message to say more about who you are. The text comes from
the file `.signature' in your home directory.
When you use an Rmail command to send mail from the Rmail mail
reader, you can use `C-c C-y' `mail-yank-original' inside the `*mail*'
buffer to insert the text of the message you are replying to. Normally
Rmail indents each line of that message four spaces and eliminates most
header fields. A numeric argument specifies the number of spaces to
indent. An argument of just `C-u' says not to indent at all and not to
eliminate anything. `C-c C-y' always uses the current message from the
`RMAIL' buffer, so you can insert several old messages by selecting one
in `RMAIL', switching to `*mail*' and yanking it, then switching back
to `RMAIL' to select another.
After using `C-c C-y', you can use the command `C-c C-q'
(`mail-fill-yanked-message') to fill the paragraphs of the yanked old
message or messages. One use of `C-c C-q' fills all such paragraphs,
each one separately.
Clicking the right mouse button in a mail buffer pops up a menu of
the above commands, for easy access.
Turning on Mail mode (which `C-x m' does automatically) calls the
value of `text-mode-hook', if it is not void or `nil', and then calls
the value of `mail-mode-hook' if that is not void or `nil'.
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