Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

Using a Draft to Compose a Mail Message

Occasionally, while composing a message, you may want to save it as a draft, then continue to work on it later before sending it as a message. A draft is intended for one-time use only. Once you click Send after working on a draft in the Compose window, Mailer deletes it from your file system.

To Create a Draft

  1. Choose New Message from the Compose menu.

    A Compose window is displayed.

  2. Compose the message as you normally would.

  3. Choose Draft Message from the Save As button at the bottom of the window, or from the Save As submenu of the File menu.

    The Mailer Save As Draft dialog box is displayed.

  4. Type a file name under Draft Name.

  5. Click Save.

    Mailer saves the draft in the default mailbox HomeDirectory/MailDrafts.

    Note -

    You can also save the message body only as text by choosing Text from the Save As button.

To Use a Draft

  1. Choose Continue Composing Draft from the Compose menu, then choose the draft you would like to work on from the submenu.

    The Compose window opens with the draft loaded.

    Note -

    If the Compose window is already open, you can load the draft by choosing its name from the Use Draft submenu of the Format menu.

  2. Continue with your edits and send the message as usual.

    After you have clicked Send, Mailer posts a message that asks if you want to delete that draft from the file system once the message is sent.

To Delete a Draft

Use this procedure if you have saved a message as a draft, but no longer intend to send it.

  1. Choose the draft from the Continue Composing Draft on the Compose menu.

    The New Message dialog box is displayed containing the draft message.

  2. Re-address the message to yourself and click Send.

    The New Message dialog box disappears.

  3. When the message arrives in your Inbox, delete it.

Note -

If your workstation has experienced system crashes while Mailer was running, you may also notice drafts named DeadLetter1, DeadLetter2, and the like. You can delete these drafts by deleting the corresponding files in the $HOME/MailDrafts folder.