When sending an email…

EmailFor many purpose we have to send emails. Sometime we send mails to our friends, relatives or different groups or mailing lists, sometimes we send official mails to our colleagues, superiors or clients. Some mails contain attachments, references, email addresses or web site links. It is easy to forget an attachment or put a broken link. I myself has faced these things. After following some precautions I have overcome these mistakes. Here I am writing down those rules for anyone who is also facing these issues. Follow the following steps after email writing has been completed.


  • Check the From Address – I use Gmail as my personal and official email client. If you are a Gmail user, you may know that Gmail provides a facility to use other email addresses from one account. If you have added multiple accounts then you will get a drop down box to select from which account you want to send the email. Also, in case of desktop clients like Microsoft Outlook Express if you have multiple accounts then the same problem may arise. So, I will suggest you to confirm from which address you are sending the mail.
  • Check To Address, CC Address, BCC Address – Before you hit the send button, check the addresses to which you are sending mail. Also check the CC and BCC addresses are in place (if required). This is a common mistake.
  • Check the Subject line – Make sure the subject line is related to the mail content.
  • Check Mail Content – Look for spelling mistakes and correct them if any. Check all the references are correct and the links (if any) are not broken. Check your signature is as intended. 
  • Check Attachments – If you have mentioned any attachment in your mail or if the mail requires any attachment then make sure you have attached them accordingly. This is also a common mistake that we forget to attach required documents.

When you will start following these rules, you may find them time consuming. But if you start practicing them time will be reduced. And the most important thing, you will forget to make mistakes 🙂 .

I hope this post will help you reduce the rate of mistakes you make when sending emails. If you have any other idea you may share it with us.



  • By Himel, April 2, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    Agree with you. But what about a forwarding mail or viral mails. There are some tips for there. Please share your consent about those two.

    So Long.

  • By Arafat Rahman, April 2, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    FTCCSMA is the short code.
    F = from address
    T = to address
    CC = CC and BCC
    S = Subject
    M = Mail Content
    A = Attachments

    Thanks for the post.

  • By Raihan, April 3, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    Rock on yeh hai Saju ka ishara!!

  • By Mohammad Sajjad Hossain, April 3, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    @Himel Bhai
    My main focus was on sending new mails or replying one.

    In case of a forwarding mail I think first we should see what we are forwarding. If we are forwarding an official mail or an important mail, then it should be forwarded with the header information (original sender, date of sending etc.). In case of forwarding a group mail, as you know we should remove unnecessary text, links etc. Also some group mails comes with lots of email address (which you marked as “viral” mail). In these cases I think we should remove the header, just put a line “Source: example.com” and remove unnecessary email addresses. We should not forward mails which we think are “viral”.

  • By Mohammad Sajjad Hossain, April 3, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Your short code seems to me long 😉

    Anyway thank you for your idea.

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