Using Mail on your iPad

All the best functionality of the desktop app on your mobile device

The iOS 6 update saw some excellent improvements to the Mail app ­notably the ability to format text. Usefully, Mail takes advantage of the i0S notifications system, so you can get banner notifications or fuller previews on your iPad’s lock screen. One key tip is that, if you receive a Mail notification, you can swipe the notification to unlock your iPad — you don’t have to use the standard unlock slider.

Mail also offers draggable addresses so you can pop them across from To to Cc or Bcc. Flagging and full-searchable messages are incorporated, plus the rich text formatting

Formatting email

When composing mail, you can underline, embolden or italicise text. Selecting a word or block of text brings up the familiar black bubble which suggests spelling corrections. Click the arrow on the right of the bubble and you’re given a button labelled BIU. Tap this, and you’re shown the formatting options.

makes for easier interaction with your emails — and the built-in dictionary makes it easier to keep your spelling under control, too.

Define words

Like other built-in iOS apps, Mail supports the Define feature, so you can view definitions of words — useful if you receive a message filled with jargon or technical detail. Double-tap the word in question to select it, then tap the right-arrow button from the black bubble that appears. Finally, tap Define to see the definition — and maybe, by deciphering that word, you’ll make sense of the message!

Quoting text

Mail enables you to alter the level of quotation for a given single block of text. This will be useful for anyone quoting others’ work. Different levels of quotation are marked out by different colours. Even if you highlight just a single word, your indentation will be applied to the whole paragraph of text.

01 View Your info

In settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendar there’s a My Info option that shows you your own contact settings. This is so i05 can perform options such as auto-completing your own details where appropriate.

02 Archive messages

From left to right,  the icons. along the top fight are Archive, Trash, Reply and New. If you’re using an Apple iCloud or Gmail account, you can archive old messages; enabling this option means that deleted mails in these accounts are moved to an archive folder so they can still be accessed.

Better searching

To search for anything, just scroll up past the first mail in your inbox or folder, tap the search box, and type your search term into the box. The All option in Mail’s search means you can not only find words and phrases in the Subject and From/To : header fields, but also the entire body of each email. Tapping to select the field to search gives more accurate results, and you’re much more likely to find the elusive message you’ve been looking for.

03 Flag important mails

To flag a message, look for the Mark option on the right-hand side of the mail window. You’ll get two options when you tap this: Flag and Mark as Unread. If you flag a mail, you’ll see a small red flag next to it in your nbox or folder, and this will be replicated in other mail clients where supported.

Managing mailboxes

If you have a Microsoft Exchange or IMAP account hooked up to your iPad, you’re now able to create new mailbox folders for these. When you’re in the folder view of your email account, tap the Edit button at the top. A New Mailbox button will appear at the bottom of the screen. You’ll then be asked where you want it (in the Inbox or inside another folder you specify). Tap Save and you’ll see the folder appear. You can also Rename or Delete existing mailboxes when in Edit mode.

Drag recipients

The Mail app includes the ability to drag and drop mail recipients between the To, CC, and BCC fields in your emails – very handy. Simply tap into the field to turn the names in the field blue. Then tap, hold and drag the name you want to move. This is also useful for reordering names in a particular field.

Don’t attach, share..

Its worth noting that the iOS world treats attachments differently – you need to work from the app in question rather than sendig them from Mail. For example, if you want to send a photo, you need to go to Photos, highlight the image and click Share. (If you want to send an album, you’ll need to open it, click Share and then tick the images in question.) If you want to attach a document, send it from Pages, and so on. Just bear in mind that if you compose a new mail first, you can’t add an attachment to it.

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