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Using the HTML Editor in Classic WebMail

Last Updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 > Related Articles

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Learn how to use the HTML editor to change font style, colors, and add links when composing a message in WebMail.


Want to give some distinction to your email messages? You can add color, links, as well as different fonts and sizes in Classic WebMail.

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Using Cox Classic WebMail for more articles.

Composing a Message Using the HTML Editor


Note: When you first enter the HTML Editor mode, you may notice similar icons on the top half of the menu bar similar to Microsoft Word, such as header sizes and font style. But there are 14 other icons on the bottom half of the menu bar in the HTML Editor mode.

  1. From the WebMail Inbox window, click Compose.

    Result: The Compose Mail window displays.
  2. To type the message using HTML, and then click HTML Editor.
    Note: When HTML is clicked, it may take a few seconds for the Java applet to load. A coffee cup in the upper left corner of the gray window displays.

  3. In the text field, compose the message.
  4. Enter an email address in the To: field.

    Note: You can also enter addresses in the Bcc: (blind copy) and Cc: (carbon copy) fields. You can enter email manually or choose one from Addresses
  5. To select an address from Addresses, click To.

    Result: The Addresses pop-up window displays.

  6. Find an address by clicking the alphabet groupings, or the arrows. 
  7. Choose an address by clicking an envelope under the appropriate column, as shown below.

choose an address

  1. When finished, click Close.

    Result: The Compose Mail window displays again, and the chosen email address displays in the appropriate field.  

  2. To return to using plain text, click Plain.

Automatically Composing in the HTML Editor


  1. From the WebMail Inbox window, click Settings.

    Result: The Message Settings window displays. 

  2. Click Preferences.


  1. Click the By default, compose messages using the graphical editor checkbox.
  2. Click OK.

Changing Font Size and Colors


  1. Open and compose a message using the HTML Editor.
  2. Highlight the text to change.
  3. Select the option to change.

    • To change font size, from the Editor menu, click the Font Size drop-down menu and select a new font size. You cannot set a default font in the editor.
    • To change font color, from the Editor menu, click the Change Text Color icon, then click the desired color in the color palette and then click OK. The HSB and RGB tabs allow more customized color creation.

Changing the Background Color of a Message


  1. Open and compose a message using the HTML Editor.
  2. Click the Change Fill Color icon.

    Result: The Choose Color window displays. 
  3. Choose a color from the color palette.

    Note: Under Preview, the color displays.
  4. Click OK.

    Result: The background of the message changes color.

    Note: To get back to white, choose the white color square in the palette.

Adding Links to a Message


  1. In the HTML Editor mode, place the cursor in the message where the link is to be inserted.
  2. Click the Insert Link icon.

    Result: The Insert Link window displays.  
  3. Enter the URL to link in the message.
  4. Click OK.

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