Creating an html e-mail message for Apple Mail, using MS Word

These directions assume that you’re proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Apple Mail.   This is just one simple way to create an html e-mail message, and we also assume that the reader is able to save and find files on his or her Mac.

Open Microsoft Word and create a document by clicking on File and New Blank Document.  Once you’ve opened a new document, click on File and Save as Web Page.   Now your document is ready for editing.

You can insert images and change formatting.  Be creative to make your document look beautiful!

Once you’ve saved your document, you’ll be able to send it as an html message.

  • Open Safari
  • Click on “File” and choose “Open File.”
  • Navigate to the file you created.  The html page you created will be displayed in Safari.
  • Now click on “File” again.  Choose “Mail Contents of This Page.”
  • Apple Mail will open, and the new document you created will be displayed in the message content area.
  • Add your recipients and be sure to change the subject line.
  • Click Send when you’re ready.
  • Remember that not all recipients will be able to view html messages. For security reasons, some people prefer to receive only text messages. In these cases, your html will be scrubbed from the message, and those recipients will not see images or special formatting you applied.

Show your school spirit – but NOT in your password!

It’s great to be a loyal fan or follower of your school’s team, but the one thing you don’t want to do is use your team name as your password!  If you’re a UNC student or grad, and you’re using “tarheels” (or any variant thereof) as your password, change it now.  It’s insecure on many, many levels.  First, it’s a word in the dictionary.  Second, it’s too weak.  Be creative when choosing a password, and make sure it’s secure.  Your online accounts will be at risk of being compromised until you change your password!

What could you use instead?  If you really must use the word “tarheels” in your password, change it to a passphrase that will be easy enough for you to remember, but difficult to guess or crack.

For example, “I_love_my_Tarheels!” is probably something you can remember, and it’s way more secure than just “tarheels.”

Use a tool like this password strength checker to find out how secure your password is.  If the result is anything other than VERY STRONG, please change it!

Password Strength

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