Creating Mail

Page updated 1 December 2022

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nPOPuk offers a number of ways in which to create a new message. Each of these methods is described more fully below:

Starting the message using any of these methods opens the Property dialogue. This dialogue contains the fields usually found at the top of a message composition window in other programs but, for reasons of compatibility with small hand-held screens, they are kept separate in nPOPuk.

Clicking OK on the Property dialogue leads to the Mail Edit window or the External Editor, depending on the method used to start the process and nPOPuk.ini settings. The external editor can be invoked, in place of the Mail Edit window, by holding the SHIFT key when opening the Property dialogue. Only starting a message through command line options force use of the Mail Edit window.

Once the message is complete there are three options:

Go to TopCreating a New Message from the Main Window

The New Message Toolbar Button

The usual way to create a new mail item is click the envelope icon on the Main Window toolbar (Menu: FILE > NEW MESSAGE, Keyboard: CTRL+W).

Go to TopCreating a New Message from the Notification Area Icon on the Task Bar

The Right-click menu on the System Tray Icon

If the Notification Area icon is showing it is possible to right-click on the icon and select "New message..." from the menu that appears.

Go to TopCreating a New Message from an existing E-Mail

Address Information Dialogue

A new message may be created from the Address Information dialogue, reached from the File menu of a Mail View window.

Select an address from those listed on the dialogue and click the NEW MAIL button.

Go to TopCreating a New Message from the Address Book

With the Address Book open, use the techniques for searching the address list, select the required address(es) and click the MAIL button.

NOTE:  Holding down the CTRL or SHIFT key will enable multiple addresses to be selected. (CTRL permits individual addresses to be selected or deselected. SHIFT allows a block of addresses to be selected.)

Go to TopCreating a New Message when starting nPOPuk

nPOPuk can be made to launch with the Property dialogue open, with many predefined details:

Refer to the Command Line Options page to see how to control this behaviour.

Go to TopReplying to and Forwarding Mail

Replies and Forwards can be generated from either the Main Window or the Mail View window as explained below.

As with creating a new message, initially, the Property dialogue appears, but when replying or forwarding, some fields of the dialogue will already be populated with data from the original message, e.g. the subject line will appear prefixed with "Re: " or "Fwd: " (Advanced users can adjust this text by editing the nPOPuk.ini file). While the Property dialogue is open, the further Recipients and Attach dialogues may be opened and their contents amended, as required.

Once all details are confirmed correct and the OK button on the Property dialogue is selected the Mail Edit window or External Editor is opened.

On a Reply, by default, the entire text of the original message is quoted within the body of the reply under a "reply header". Each line of the quoted text is preceded with a "> " character pair.

Regardless of the "Quote original message" setting on the Global Options dialogue, if any of the text of the original message is selected before initiating the reply then only that text will be quoted. (This facility is the recommended way to include the full message Header Lines if they are needed in the body of a reply.

If a signature has been defined for the account, this will appear below the quoted text. This approach assumes that the user will delete any of the quoted text not relevant to their reply and interject their responses between appropriate lines of the original text. To change any of these defaults adjust the settings on the Reply tab of the Global Options dialogue.

With a Forward a similar process can be followed. However, there are differences:

Unlike replies, attached files remain attached and will be included with the message, subject to:

These attachments are visible in the Attach dialogue from the Property dialogue, prefixed with "Fwd:".  To forward an entire message as an attachment, simply check the "Attach message" box on the Property dialogue.  The message in the Attach dialogue will change appropriately.

WARNING: nPOPuk expects to be able to copy attachments out of the original message at send time.  It issues a warning should you attempt to delete the original message before the forwarded copy is sent. If the message is deleted anyway, or nPOPuk is unable to find the original message for some other reason, sending the forwarded copy will fail.

Go to TopTo Reply or Forward from the Main Window

Context Menu on Main Window

To reply or forward from the Main Window, select the message, open the MAIL menu and select one of the following options:


1. It is also possible to right-click a message when the MAIL menu opens as a floating context menu.
2. As with a new message, if the SHIFT key was held when starting the Reply or Forward, the External Editor will be invoked.

Go to TopTo Reply or Forward from the Mail View Window

To Reply or Forward from the Mail View window, simply click the appropriate toolbar button:

When replying from the Mail View window, it is possible to select only particular addresses to which to post a reply. To do this, open the Address Information dialogue, reached from the File menu.

NOTE: As with a new message, if the SHIFT key was held when starting the Reply or Forward, the External Editor will be invoked.

Go to TopSpell Checking

There are a number of freeware spell checkers available which can be used with nPOPuk. Just one suggestion is made here:

tinySpell: ( - Approx 550kb, depending on version)

This simple spell checker will check any word copied to the clipboard. Alternatively, it can be made to sit in the Notification Area (System Tray) and optionally, actively check text as it is typed into any program.

The disadvantages are that the free version only comes with an American English dictionary and that its mechanism for replacing words is a little crude. When an error is detected, it beeps, and if an alternative spelling is accepted from the list offered, it replaces the offending word by backspacing and retyping in the corrected word. This approach means that use of the cursor keys can easily confuse the software!

Please post any suggestions you have for other freeware spell checkers on the Forum.

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