Most e-mail programs are fairly simple.  You'll use links to access different parts of the program: 
E-mail messages that you have received appear in the "Inbox." 
  • To read an message, click on "Inbox," then click on the subject line of the message you want to read.
To send an e-mail message, click on "Compose." 
  1. In the "To" text box, type the e-mail address that the message should be sent to. 
  2. In the "Subject" text box, type a few words that describe your message, such as "Invitation" or "Baby Pictures".  (The subject line is what will show up in your recipient's Inbox.  They'll click on it to open your message.)
  3. In the big "Message" text box, type your message, just as you would a regular letter. 
  4. When you're done, click "Send".  (Your own e-mail address will be added to the message automatically.)
When you delete a message, it is moved to "Trash."


Glossary of terms used so far:
  • browser - A computer program that helps people use the Internet.
  • check box - A small box that allows you to select multiple items from a list.
  • click - To quickly press and release the left mouse button.
  • dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen to give you information.  You must respond to a dialog box by clicking on a button.
  • drag - To move an onscreen object by putting the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
  • drop-down menu - A type of menu in which you must click on a small down arrow to display your options.
  • e-mail - Messages sent between computers via the Internet.  "E-mail" is short for "electronic mail."
  • Google - A popular search engine.  Its URL is
  • Google Chrome - A browser.
  • graphics - Pictures.
  • HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
  • highlighted text - Text with a different background color. This sentence is highlighted.
  • insertion point - A little blinking line that shows you where the next letter you type will appear. 
  • Internet Explorer - A browser.
  • Internet Service Provider - A company that provides Internet access.  Often abbreviated "ISP."
  • link - A connection to another web page.  Sometimes called a "hyperlink."
  • location toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains a text box.
  • menu - A list of options.
  • navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
  • Mozilla Firefox - A browser.  Firefox is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
  • password - A secret word that lets you access your private information.
  • phishing- Attempting to steal private information by sending out realistic-looking but fake e-mails.
  • pointer - The little arrow that moves around the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
  • radio buttons- Small circles that allow you to choose only one item from a list.
  • Safari - A browser.
  • scroll - To move a web page up and down on the computer screen.
  • scroll bar- A bar that appears at the edge of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
  • search engine - A web site that searches for other web sites.
  • selection list - A type of menu.
  • slider- Part of a scroll bar; the box that moves up and down as a web page is scrolled. 
  • terms of use - A description of the behavior you should exhibit when using a web site.
  • text - Letters and numbers.
  • text box - A white box that you can type things into.
  • toolbar - A group of tools to help you use the Internet.  Toolbars are part of a browser.
  • URL - The address of a web page.  Pronounced "earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
  • user name - The name by which a web site recognizes you.
  • web page - A computer file that looks like a printed page when viewed with a browser.
  • web site - A group of related web pages.
  • World Wide Web - The part of the Internet that can be viewed with a browser.

  • Yahoo! - A popular search engine.  Its URL is