A guide for Jaws users, written by Chorlton Workshop for
More guides are available on the
Jaws Guides page
of the VIP Software Guides website.
The format of an email address is something@somethingelse, and
it's entirely lower case. Each email address is unique and is
allocated by the supplier of your email account.
Components of an email
- The To field. One or more email addresses you want to
send the email to.
- The Cc field. This stands for carbon copy, and the email is
also sent to any addresses in this field.
- The Bcc field. This stands for blind carbon copy. As with
Cc, the email is also sent to the addresses in this field, but the
addresses in this field cannot be seen in any of the emails that
- Subject field. A meaningful title for the message.
- The message.
- Attachments. One or more files can be attached to an email
and are known as attachments. These are often Word documents,
PDFs or pictures, but can be other types of file.
Note that if you want to send an email to a large number of people
and do not want everybody's email address to appear all the
received emails, then put all the email addresses in the
Bcc field, rather than the To field.
You can access an email account using either an email program
or a website.
Email programs are also known as email clients, and they include:
- Outlook Express, which comes with Windows XP.
- Outlook, which is part of Microsoft Office.
- Windows Mail, which comes with Windows Vista.
- Windows Live Mail. The 2011 version only runs on Windows Vista
and Windows 7, but the 2009 version also runs on Windows XP.
- Mozilla Thunderbird, which runs on all versions of Windows.
The following separate guides are available:
For users of screen readers, using a website
to access email is more complex than using an email program,
and so takes longer to learn.
Suppliers of email accounts
You can get a free email account from either your Internet
Service Provider (ISP), or from the likes of Google, Yahoo, and
Microsoft whose email accounts are called Gmail (Google Mail),
Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail respectively.
Email accounts from ISPs
- You normally access your account using an email program
such as Outlook Express.
- Your emails are stored on your computer, and so these
stored emails aren't accessible from other computers.
- Most ISPs also provide a website to access your account
which you can use if you're away from home. This allows you
to send emails and read any emails with haven't already
been downloaded by your email program at home.
Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail
- The account provider can store all your messages.
- You can access your email using a website, and this gives
you access to all your messages from any computer connected
to the internet.
- You can also access your email using an email program.
If you want to have this type of access, then the advantage of
a Gmail account is that both access using an email program is free,
and you can use any email program.
Using the Gmail website is described in a separate