The KMail Composer Window

Message Menu

MessageNew Composer (Ctrl+N)

Opens up a new composer window.

MessageNew Main Window

Creates a new main window.

MessageNew AddressBook Contact

Brings up the Kontact New Contact Dialog to add a new contact your addressbook.

MessageSend Mail (Ctrl+Return)

Sends the message immediately. If you use SMTP to send your messages and the SMTP server is not reachable, the message will be put into the outbox and you will get an error message. After the connection issues are resolved, you can send the messages in the outbox using FileSend Queued Messages.

MessageSend Mail Via

Allows you to select which outgoing mail server you wish to use to send the message.

MessageSend Later

Brings up the send later dialog. Please see Send Later for details.

MessageSend Later Via

Allows you to choose which outgoing account to send your send later configured message.

MessageSave as File

Saves the message as a text document.

MessageSave as Draft (Ctrl+S)

Save the message in the drafts folder so you can later edit and send it.

MessageSave as Template

Allows you to save your message as a template. Please see Compose from templates for details on templates.

MessageInsert Text File...

Inserts a text file into the message text, starting at the cursor position.

MessageInsert Recent Text File...

Allows you to choose from a list of recently inserted text files to insert into your message. Select Clear List to clear the list.

MessagePrint... (Ctrl+P)

Prints the current text.

MessageClose (Ctrl+W)

Closes this composer window.

Edit Menu

If the menu item you are looking for is missing, please see Edit Menu of the KDE Fundamentals. The items listed here are KMail specific.

EditPaste as Quotation (Ctrl+Shift+O)

Pastes the text from the clipboard marked as quotation.

EditPaste as Attachment

Pastes the text from the clipboard as an attachment.

EditPaste Without Formatting (Ctrl+Shift+V)

Pastes the text from the clipboard exactly as is, with no formatting.

EditClean Spaces

This replaces multiple line breaks or spaces with single line breaks or spaces. It works on the current selection or the complete message text if there is no selection.

EditAdd Quote Characters

Prepends the selected text with quotation marks.

EditRemove Quote Characters

Removes the left-most quotation marks from the selected text.

EditUppercase

Convert the selected text to uppercase.

EditLowercase

Convert the selected text to lowercase.

EditInsert Special Characters

It allows you to insert special character in composer.

View Menu

This menu lets you toggle the display of the header fields and other options in the composer window.

Currently visible items will have a checkmark shown next to their name in the menu.

Options available are:

  • All Fields

  • Identity

  • Dictionary

  • Sent-Mail folder

  • Mail Transport

  • From

  • Reply To

  • Subject

Please see Composer Headers for details on these options.

ViewUse Fixed Font

Uses a fixed width (monospaced) font to display the currently edited message. The font to be used can be configured in the Appearance section of KMail's configuration dialog.

ViewSnippets

Displays a column on the right side of the composer window that allows you to use and create snippets. Please see Snippets for more information.

ViewTranslator

Displays the translator tool at the bottom of the composer window. Please see Using the Translator for more information.

Options Menu

This menu lets you toggle various options for the current message.

Currently used options will have a checkmark shown next to their name in the menu.

OptionsUrgent

Sets the priority of the message to Urgent. The receiver's email client has to support this or it will have no effect. KMail itself does not support priorities for incoming messages.

OptionsRequest Disposition Notification

If you choose this option, you request a confirmation email once your message is downloaded and read by its recipient. This has to be supported and enabled by the receiver's email client in order to work.

See Message Disposition Notifications for background information and ways to customize the read receipts that KMail itself sends.

OptionsSign Message

Digitally sign the message using OpenPGP. You can learn more about this in the chapter on OpenPGP.

OptionsEncrypt Message

Encrypt the message using OpenPGP. You can learn more about this in the chapter on OpenPGP.

OptionsCryptographic Message Format

Choose the cryptographic message format to use to digitally sign and/or encrypt the message in. Please see Cryptographic Message Formats for more information.

OptionsRich Text Editing

Enables Rich Text/HTML editing.

OptionsEncoding

Set the charset encoding of this message. The chosen encoding will appear in the header of the outgoing mail. You can use Auto for almost all cases, KMail will tell you if you need to select a different encoding manually.

OptionsWordwrap

Toggles the automatic wordwrap. It may be useful to turn it off if you want to paste long lines that should not wrap.

OptionsAutomatic Spellchecking

Toggles automatic spellchecking.

Attach Menu

This menu lets you select attachment options.

AttachAppend Signature

Appends your signature (footer) to the end of the message. Please see Configure Identity Signature for details on configuring your signature.

AttachPrepend Signature

Prepends your signature (header) to the beginning of the message. Please see Configure Identity Signature for details on configuring your signature.

AttachAppend Signature At Cursor Position

Appends your signature to the current location of your cursor to the message. Please see Configure Identity Signature for details on configuring your signature.

AttachAttach Public Key...

Opens the Attach Public OpenPGP Key dialog. Please see Configure Identity Cryptography OpenPGP Signing for details.

AttachAttach My Public Key

Attaches your GnuPG public key to your message.

AttachAttachAttach File...

Attaches one or more files to the current message. By default attachments are not encrypted, please see Cryptographic Message Formats for information on encryption and attachments.

AttachAttachAttach Own vCard

Attaches your vCard to the current message.

AttachRemove Attachment

Removes the attachment that is selected in the attachment part of the composer.

AttachSave Attachment As...

Saves the attachment that is selected in the attachment window to a file.

AttachAttachment Properties

Displays the properties of the attachment that is selected in the attachment window. It also allows you to sign/encrypt the attachment. Please see Configure Security Composing to set up encryption.

Tools Menu

If the menu item you are looking for is missing, please see Tools Menu of the KDE Fundamentals. The items listed here are KMail specific.

ToolsSelect Recipients...

Opens up the Select Recipient dialog with your personal contacts to select from.

ToolsAddressbook...

Opens up KAddressBook.

ToolsSave Distribution List...

Opens a dialog that allows you to save groups of contacts.

Settings Menu

If the menu item you are looking for is missing, please see Settings Menu of the KDE Fundamentals. The items listed here are KMail specific.

SettingsSpellchecker...

Allows you to configure Sonnet, KDE's spellchecker.

Help Menu

Help Menu of the KDE Fundamentals.