1. Sending Mail!

This part will provide a guide to create new e-mails and we will also reveal you how you send your mails out.

2. It's all in the outbox. Or in the draft!

True indeed: you have read the FQA first, so that was a good idea of yours. Phoenix Mail may confuse you in the beginning: where do you start? The Outbox? The Drafts folder?
Don't worry: Either way works. For a brief history in the Draftians-Outboxians war please check the FQA.

3. Let us send a mail!

Press the New Message button in the toolbar or just go the main menu | Message | New E-mail... Most likely you will also discover that the shortcut for that functionality is CTRL + N. Just handy to know, I suppose.

New E-mail!
Type away, eh?

Looks familiar, does it? You've learned the trick of the fly-over hint box, so move your mouse around to see what everything is.
By default, the window opens with the To headers ready awaiting your input. If you look closely at the picture you see that the auto-complete has been invoked. On the right hand you'll find the the addressbook access buttons. On the left side you (now) see the To and the favourite addresses button. Click on the To button to switch to the CC or BCC fields.
Good. Now type in your subject and keywords (optional). Don't click the OK button yet.

4. Plain text vs. MIME

You saw it correctly: the plain text checkbox. Wa's that for, I hear you saying? In olden times, e-mail was sent in plain ASCII format. There were no 'foreign characters', accent e or whatever. So why using plain text?
Well: some e-mailers won't correctly process MIME enabled e-mails. Most likely you'll find that mailing-lists won't accept MIME-ed e-mails. In those cases, just check that checkbox. No need to upset people, OK?
This checkbox can also be unchecked or checked when replying e-mails: however, you will notice that RoundAbout will automatically adapt the 'prefered' format in those cases.
Note: If you add an attachment to a 'plain text'ed mail, Phoenix Mail will automatically uncheck that checkbox.

5. We pressed OK did we?

Yes you did, and if you didn't you can. Depending on your settings, the new mail will be stored in your draft folder or outbox folder (check out the Settings dialog | Tab Advanced). Phoenix Mail has automatically switched to the new e-mail, so you can type right away. This is probably a good moment to open up the Signature manager (that's the button on the toolbar next to the New mail button): using the Signature manager is pretty trivial, so that won't be discussed.
Now if you have finished typing and accidently pressed that 'Send Mail' button/menu item, you probably discovered that your mail hasn't gone out. It's still there in the draft/outbox folder.

Queue that mail dude!
Queue that mail!

Lucky you: we don't want 'unfinished' mail to arrive at its destination? You have just encountered one of RoundAbout's safety nets: only mail that has been marked as queued (see picture) will be processed. It doesn't matter where the newly created e-mail resides (Draft/Outbox): it won't go out until you specifically mark it as 'Queued'.
So right-click the e-mail (or use the main menu | Message), find the 'Mark as queued'-menu item or press CTRL + F4 and just spread the word!

6. Did it go out? Did it delete it self?

If you have set-up your account correctly, your mail has been send out. Check out the Repository folder. Also, you can view the last log by going to the main menu | View | Last Protocol...

7. Conclusion

We briefly discussed sending mail out and creating new mails. Also we went into MIME and plain text.