To write a message, press C (Compose). You see the compose message screen.
In the command menu, the caret (^) character is used to indicate the Control key. This character means you must hold down the Control key (written in this document as <Ctrl> while you press the letter for each command.
Different commands are available to you when your cursor is in different fields on this screen. To see additional commands available when your cursor is in the Message Text field, type <Ctrl>G (Get Help). For example, to move around, use the arrow keys or <Ctrl>N (Next line) and <Ctrl>P (Previous line); to correct typing errors, use <Bksp> or <Del>. A full list of the Compose commands (and a sample screen) is given in ``Compose message screen and commands'', and from the Pine online help. As you compose a message, you can type <Ctrl>G (Get Help) at any time.
You might start experimenting in Pine by sending yourself a message, as follows:
To:field, type your email address and press <Enter>.
Cc:field, press <Enter>.
Attachment:field, press <Enter>.
Subject field:, type Test and press <Enter>.
To: field, type the email addresses of your
recipients, and in the
Cc: field, the addresses of users who
should receive a copy of the message. Separate the addresses with
commas. When you are finished, press <Enter>. Always check the
addresses in both the
To: and the
Cc: fields for
accuracy and completeness before you send a message.
For information on finding and formatting email addresses on local
and remote computers, type <Ctrl>G (Get Help) while your cursor is in
In both the
Cc: fields, you can enter a
person's email address manually, or you can use an entry from your
Pine address book. See
``Using address book entries when composing email''
Attchmnt: field is an advanced Pine feature that allows
you to attach files, including word processing documents, spreadsheets,
or images that exist on the same computer where you are running Pine.
If you do not want to attach a file to your message, press <Enter>. For
more information, place your cursor in the
then type <Ctrl>G (Get Help).
Subject: field, enter a one-line description of your
message. A short, pertinent description is appreciated by recipients,
since this is what they see when they scan their index of messages.
When finished, press <Enter>.
Message Text:, type your message. To move around,
use the arrow keys. To delete a character, press <Bksp> or <Del>. To
delete a line, type <Ctrl>K. To justify text, type <Ctrl>J. (To
immediately undelete a line or to unjustify text, type <Ctrl>U). To
check the spelling, type <Ctrl>T. To see other editing commands,
type <Ctrl>G (Get Help).