The Message Center has undergone a few changes recently. The changes introduce a new, more efficient text editor and make it easier for members to find their most recent messages.
In Members Only, when you click the “Send Mail” button you now go to a new page that includes a link to the Message Center, a new help icon, and two message listings. Those listings look back two weeks and display up to five of the most recent messages sent to you and sent by you.
Message Sending Basics
To send a message, you must include a subject, your name, and your email address. When you exit a field, a green check mark will appear that indicates the field has been completed.
You’ll also need to select recipients and the list includes all of the current members. Check the names of the members that should be included in your message.
Messages will include a personalized salutation that includes the member’s first name. If you don’t want this salutation, click the Personalize Message button and uncheck the option.
Text Editor Features
Here are the top four features/changes in the text editor.
- Paste text from an external document into the text editor using the Paste from Word icon.
- Embed an image in your message by using the Image icon in the text editor icons.
- Add a link by using the Link icon.
- Spell checking is automatic
The text editor allows you to paste text from external sources. You should never paste in text that includes images, however, because that will cause your message sending to fail since the pasted-in text will be referring to an image that is on your computer, not the server. Pasted-in text should be just that, text only. Note that when pasting in text that has been formatted, you may also lose your formatting, so we recommend styling your text in the text editor, not on your desktop.
Members may embed any image that is already on the server in an email by clicking the Image icon and then clicking Browse Server button. All images in the web site folder for images are available for use. In the future, we anticipate adding the ability to upload images to be included in the email.
Adding a Link
Links are added in a quick, four-step process.
- Type your text or select an embedded image
- Click the Link icon
- Type or paste in the full URL
- Click OK
The text editor will automatically check your spelling as you type. Misspelled words will be underlined with a red line. Right click on the word to see a list of suggestions. Select the correctly spelled word from the list and the misspelled word will be replaced in the text.