Programs: Web Email Class

Email Addresses
Sign Up for Web Email
Checking & Sending Email

Organizing Email
Spam, Phishing & Viruses

Class Objectives - Learn the basics of email, learn how to check and send email, to organize email, and protect yourself from unwanted email.  If you want help, at the end of the class, I will help you sign up for an email account
Prerequisites - You must be able to use a mouse, keyboard, and scroll bars, and be familiar with using a web browser. Check out the library's other Computer Classes for help.
Time - The maximum time allotted for the class is an hour and a half.



Email, electronic mail, is a way to send messages to others with email using computer connections. Email can be sent world wide and can be a free service.


Types of Email


Email Addresses

To send or receive email, you must have an email account.

Email Address - a unique address that allows email messages to be sent to or retrieved from an email account.


Parts of an email address:


To send an email to a friend, you usually need to know their exact email address.
Give your friends and family your new email address and ask them to send you theirs.  You can try to search for email addresses on some of these address directories but some of these websites require that you register for their service and some of them charge for the search results.


To send an email to a business or to a government web page, there are at least two ways. 
You can go to their web page and look for an email form to fill out or you can look on their web page for their email address:

1.  Sometimes you can send an email by filling out an email form on their web page.  For example, you could send the library an email by clicking on our "Ask A Librarian" link on our homepage and filling out the email form:    

2.  If their web page does not provide an email form to fill out, their page might have their email address on it or show their email address in a Mailto link:  when you point the mouse at their Contact link, it may show you their email address in the lower left corner of the computer screen. 
You would need to write down their email address and then, when you are logged into your own email account, you can type their email address into a new message and send them an email from your email account. 
Check out the contact page for Spokane County for examples of both types:  email forms and  mailto: links.      Automatic mailto: links will not work on the library's public computers.   You must log into your own email account and write a message to send.


Sign Up for Web Email

We will have time at the end of this class to help you sign up for an email account. 

Your email username or ID - you choose your email account username.  You may choose to use your own name or a nickname.  If you choose a common name, you may have to add numbers to it.  Your username will have no spaces.  
Examples:           SisterJoan23@                 skateboardBetty7@              jayjay333@


Password - secret word and/or numbers that you type in when you sign in to your email account.  This prevents someone else from using your email account.    You must remember the secret password you choose.

Examples of passwords:     ranGer555          234$2345A        eugEne2323       iluvU4567


There are usually hints or questions the email services ask to help you remember your password.     The email provider may also ask you to choose a security question and answer; they might make you choose more than one security question.  

To make sure you remember them - write down your email address and password and your answers to the security questions.


It's a good idea to read user and privacy agreements.


Checking & Sending Email

Most email accounts will have similar features.

Click on Inbox to see a list of your new messages. Click on a  message to read it;  Yahoo opens each message in a new tab. 

You can sort your messages by:   From, Subject, Date, etc.
You can search your messages by keyword.


To send a message, click on Compose Message.

To:   type in the email address(es) of the person(s) you are sending this message to.

Cc:   type other email addresses if you want to send a copy to others.

Bcc: lets you send a courtesy copy to others without their email addresses showing.

Subject: is where you type the topic of the message.


There will be time during the second half of the class to practice sending email messages.

Learn more about email at 


Organizing Email

  1. Folders - Click on Folders to open your current list of Folders or click on the + symbol next to Folders to create a new folder.
  2. Contacts or People - Use this to keep a list of your friends' email addresses and contact information. 
  3. Drafts - if you run low on time and you are not able to finish writing an email letter, you can click on Save as Draft and keep the email in the Drafts folder until later when you have time to finish it.
  4. Sent - any email you already sent will be stored in the Sent folder unless you delete it.
  5. Trash - Deleted messages are held in the Trash or Deleted folder for a while.  They will be permanently deleted at some point.
  6. Learn more about the newest version of Yahoo Mail at


Spam & Viruses

You can read more about Spam & Viruses on our page for Internet & Email Safety

Read Yahoo Mail's page about Spam, Viruses, and Other Abuses





In Conclusion...

For more information:     try the library's Web Email Resources
or Webfoot's A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email.  
The library also has books and DVDs about these subjects.   You can search for books and DVD titles on our Catalog .  Here are a few of the titles: