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How to Write a Professional Email

Email is an important part of business communication, so it’s critical to get it right. While emails aren’t usually as formal as letters, they should still be professional and present a good image of you and your business, community, or position. Follow the steps in this tutorial to create business emails that are true to etiquette and ensure professionalism.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Addressing the Email

  1. Address your email. Type the email address of your recipient into the To field. Use the To field if you want to email contacts while encouraging their response.[1]
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    • This field is for people that the message directly affects. If you are expecting someone to do something in reaction to your email, they should be in the To field.
    • It’s a good idea to include all of the people in your To field in the opening line of your email. This way, you engage everyone in the conversation from the start and inform everyone of who else is involved in the conversation.
    • If you have included more than four people in the To field, address the group as a whole by starting your email with something like, “Hi Team, or “Good Morning All,”
    • The To field can be used for as many addresses as you’d like. Remember, everyone who is directly involved and needs to take action should be included in the To field.
  2. Use the Cc field (optional). The Cc (or Carbon Copy) field is used as a way to keep others “in the loop” without an obligation or requirement to reply or take action on the matter.[2] Think of the Cc field as an FYI to distribute relevant information or updates to a number of associates who need only look through them. To add addresses to the Cc field, simply click on the Cc field and type as many addresses inside as you’d like.
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    • When Cc-ing multiple associates, each recipient will have access to the list of email Cc’s.
  3. Use the Bcc field (optional). The main purpose of the Bcc field is to send an email to a group of contacts that don’t know each other. The Bcc field (Blind Carbon Copy)[3] allows you to send a message to several contacts without them knowing who else got the message. To add addresses to the Bcc field, just click on the field and type in each email you need to include.
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    • Use the Bcc field to send an email to multiple associates who don’t know each other. This protects the privacy of each recipient by keeping the list of recipients visible only to the sender and not to each recipient.
    • Use the Bcc field when sending an e-mail to hundreds of people.
    • Your contacts will be able to see anyone who the email was sent to in the To or Cc fields but not in the Bcc field.[4]
  4. Respond to an email Cc. If you are included in a Cc email, you are likely part of a handful of other associates all included in the conversation as well, and the sender may not be looking for or expecting a reply from any of you. If you do need to reply, think about the nature of your response and who it applies to. You can chose to “Reply to Sender” if you just have a note for the original writer of the email, or you can “Reply to All” only if the information is relevant to all involved in the conversation.
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    • Only when your comments are important to the entire group would you use the “Reply to All” field.
    • Be careful when choosing to reply to all recipients on the email. You should avoid flooding other people’s inboxes with irrelevant information whenever possible.[5]
  5. Respond to an email Bcc. If you have been included on an email Bcc you will only have the option to reply to the sender of the email and will be unable to see the list of other recipients who also received a Bcc. Simply click on the Reply button to compose an email to the sender.
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  6. Use a short and accurate subject header. Use as few words as possible to describe the topic or nature of your email. Rather than filling the subject with one or two vague terms, let the recipient know up front what they can expect from your email. Otherwise, it might fail to make the impact that it’s supposed to. Be as specific as possible when supplying a subject for the email without becoming overly wordy.[6] Try things like:
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    • “Leadership Meeting Update”
    • “Issue Regarding Lunch Breaks”
    • “Meeting Overview for March 12th”

[Edit]Composing the Email

  1. Stick to a standard structure. When approaching a professional email, it’s important to keep it clean, short, and clear. Say what needs to be said and keep it at that. You can develop your own structure that works best for you. Here is a basic structure to consider:
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    • Your greeting
    • A pleasantry
    • Your purpose
    • A call to action
    • A closing message
    • Your signature
  2. Write your greeting.[7] To keep things professional and sophisticated, always open your email with a formal greeting, like “Dear Mr. Lu”. Depending on your relationship with the recipient, you can address them as expected, either with their entire name and title, or just their first name. If you’re not on a first name basis with the person, stick with their last name to avoid potentially offending them.
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    • If your relationship is very casual, you can even say, “Hi Gabe”. In most cases, it’s perfectly fine to open with a simple “Dear Marie.” If the nature of your correspondence calls for something a little more formal, it’s safest to use the recipient’s name alone as the greeting to keep things short and sweet.[8]
    • If you don’t know the name of the recipient, you can use: “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”.
    • If you are composing an email to a group of recipients who you have included in the To field and require a response from, greet them as a group (if the number of recipients is four or greater) or include each of their names in the greeting.
    • If you are sending an email with Cc’s, simply address the group as a whole if you have a great number of recipients, otherwise include each recipient’s name in the greeting.
    • If you are sending an email with BCC’s, address the group as a whole by opening with something like, “Hi all”.
    • If you are emailing someone for the first time, keep introductions brief and let them know who you are in one sentence. For example: “It was great to meet you at [X event].”
    • If you are not sure if an introduction is necessary and you’ve contacted the recipient before, but you’re not sure if they remember you, you can leave your credentials in your email signature.
  3. Identify yourself right away. Stating your name and formal title or position will help the recipient tell who the message is from without the need for guesswork. This is especially important if you’re writing to someone you’ve never met. Even if your name is contained in your work email address, letting the other person know who you are is a common courtesy.[9]
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    • Pique your recipient’s interest by highlighting a common connection or shared experience (“We met at the annual Women as Leaders conference in Toronto last year”).[10]
    • It’s alright to skip the introduction if you’re already acquainted with the person you’re writing.
  4. Thank the recipient briefly. Your reader is a busy person, so acknowledging them for taking the time to read your email is a gracious gesture. Additionally, this will be your first opportunity to inform them of your reason for writing. “Thank you for considering my research grant proposal” sets a friendly tone while telling the recipient what they need to know.[11]
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    • Beginning an email by expressing your appreciation also demonstrates respect, which can keep the message from coming across as cold or impersonal.
  5. State the reason for your email. If you are initiating the line of communication, you are responsible for telling your recipients what the email is regarding. It is important to state your purpose early. Business associates will want to be able to read your email quickly and get to the point. Take a minute to ask yourself why you are writing it and why you need your recipient to see it. This will help you avoid idle chitchat and cut right to the chase for a more professional email. This is also a good time to ask yourself: “Is this email really necessary?” Again, only sending emails that are absolutely necessary shows respect for the person you’re emailing. Once you are ready to compose your email, try starting with something like:
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    • “I am writing to inquire about …”
    • “I am writing in reference to …”
    • “Please take the time to look over these changes and offer me your feedback…”
  6. Thank the recipient (optional). If you are replying to a client’s inquiry, or if someone has replied to one of your emails, you should begin with a line of thanks.[12] For example:
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    • “Thank you for getting back to me…”
    • “Thank you for your attention on this matter…”
    • “Thank you for contacting Ocean Safari Scuba…”
    • Thanking the reader is a great way to remain polite, professional, and on good terms with your recipient.
  7. Keep the body of your email brief. With business emails, the less you include the better. Make each email you send out just about one thing. If you need to communicate about another project, compose another email.
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    • Try communicating everything you need to in just five sentences. Say everything you need to say, and no more. Sometimes it will be impossible to limit your email to just five sentences. Don’t worry if you need to include more information.
    • In the body of your email, include all relevant information and anything you may require from your recipients.
  8. Include a call to action (optional). If you need your recipient to do something, don’t just assume they will know what to do or when. Help them out by clearly outline what you need. Say something like:
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    • “Could you send me those files by Thursday?”
    • “Could you write that up in the next two weeks?”
    • “Please write to Thomas about this, and let me know when you’ve done so.”
    • Structuring your request as a question encourages a reply. You can say, “Let me know when you have done that.”
  9. Tell the recipient how you expect them to follow up. Now that you’ve offered a call to action, give your reader a nudge in the right direction. A request to look over a financial report, for instance, might be accompanied by an entreaty like “let me know what you think of these numbers.” That way, the other party won’t be left wondering what to do with the information they’ve been given.[13]
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    • Offering a definite time frame in which you’d like to hear back (“it would be ideal if we could have these documents organized before the meeting on Thursday”) may ensure a swifter response.
    • Try to reply to important emails within 24 hours.[14]
  10. Add your closing. To keep your emails professional, end your email with another thank you to your reader or a formal goodbye such as:
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    • “Thank you for your patience and cooperation”
    • “Thank you for your consideration”
    • “If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let me know”
    • “I look forward to hearing from you”
    • End your email with a proper closing before your name, like “Best regards” or “Sincerely”
    • Avoid casual closings like “Cheers” unless you are good friends with the reader, as these types of closings are less professional.
  11. Sign your name. In a professional email, your signature should include the following:[15]
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    • Your name.
    • Your job title.
    • A link to your website.
    • Links to social media accounts (optional).
    • Necessary contact information.
  12. Sign off with a custom signature. The signature at the bottom of the email should offer the recipient all the information they need about who you are so that there’s no need to introduce yourself at length within the message. Be sure to include your full name, the name of your company, your title or position, your preferred email address and a phone number at which you can be reached directly.
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    • To save yourself some trouble, save your custom signature in whatever email platform you use so that it will be displayed automatically in future messages.[16]
    • Providing links to your social media accounts will give unfamiliar contacts a more complete picture of you.[17]
    • Don’t bog down your signature with unnecessary details, quotes or graphics.[18]

[Edit]Delivering Email Professionality

  1. Maintain a professional tone. When sending business emails, it’s important to be especially mindful of the language you employ to avoid confusion or misinterpretation. In general, you shouldn’t say anything in an email to your boss or coworkers that you wouldn’t say to them in person. Your words should always be calm, polite and congenial, even in situations where you don’t feel that way yourself.[19]
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    • Once you’ve written your email, read it back to yourself to determine whether you’ve captured the right tone.
    • Though it should go without saying, refrain from using any type of slang or profanity.
    • While humor is often a valuable quality in the workplace, work-related emails are usually not the right vehicle for it.[20]
  2. Present the most important information first. As previously mentioned, you should assume that your recipient has a lot on their plate and make an effort not to take up too much of their time. After thanking them for their attention, get straight to the point. Don’t mince words or feel the need to come up with an overly detailed introduction. Unlike more casual methods of correspondence, professional emails should be polite yet direct.[21]
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    • Try an introductory sentence like “I’m writing to inform you that your membership has expired and needs to be renewed in person before you can continue receiving member benefits.” You can then follow up with whatever pertinent details the recipient needs in order to take action.
    • Most people tend to scan emails rather than reading each and every word. The nearer your main objective is to the beginning, the more likely your recipient is to pick up on it.[22]
  3. Keep the rest of the message concise. There’s no sense in rambling aimlessly once you’ve stated your purpose. With the space you have remaining, provide any other details that you think are worth mentioning. Always use short, simple words and phrases to take as much of the work out of interpreting your meaning as possible.[23]
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    • Observe the “five sentence rule”—messages shorter than five sentences may come off as brisk or rude, whereas anything longer than five sentences puts you in danger of losing your reader’s attention.[24]
    • If for some reason you have to include a large amount of information, do it as a separate attachment.
  4. Convey a clear idea or request. Once you’ve stated your reason for writing, articulate to your reader exactly how you’d like for them to respond. If there’s something they need to know, tell them; if there’s something they need to do, ask them. By the time they finish reading your message, your recipient should be ready to formulate a response.[25]
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    • Experienced communicators refer to this as a “call to action,” and it’s a good way to ensure that your dialogue maintains a distinct sense of purpose.[26]
    • A call to action in a professional email might say something like “it’s important that you memorize the security clearance number provided with this email” or “please update your summer availability by the end of the month.”
  5. Limit your email to a single topic. Confronting your recipient with too much information at once can leave them feeling overwhelmed. It’s best to limit the scope of your email to one or two relevant subjects. Not only will this allow the reader to understand what’s going on much faster, it will also help you keep your message succinct.[27]
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    • Multiple topics or requests should be reserved for multiple emails.

[Edit]Sending the Email

  1. Proofread your email before sending it. Go back over your message thoroughly to make sure it’s free of any typos, misspellings or unclear sentences. Careless mistakes can reflect poorly on you and the company you represent.[28]
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    • Use your email platform’s spell-checker feature to avoid accidental oversights.
    • You can also take this time to make any last minute changes to the formatting that you think may make your email easier to digest.[29]
  2. Simplify your email if possible. Remember, your recipients are busy and they want to get to the meat of the email quick.[30] Take a step back and evaluate your email. Here are some things to consider:
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    • Use short sentences, words, and paragraphs. This helps make the email quick and easy to read and understand.
    • If it’s possible to cut a word out, cut it out. Trim your sentences down to as short as possible.
  3. Give your email a thorough proofreading. Professional emails require careful proofreading. Read your email aloud to yourself. This can help you catch a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. Ask yourself:
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    • Is my email clear?
    • Could my email be misunderstood?
    • How would it sound if I were the recipient?
  4. Keep it professional. You don’t need to show your personality in your professional email. If you’d like, you can let it show subtly through your writing style, but stay away from emoticons, chat abbreviations (such as LOL), or colorful fonts and backgrounds.[31]
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    • The only time it is appropriate to use emoticons or chat abbreviations is when you’re mirroring the email language of the person you’re writing to.
    • Write like you speak. This can help you keep your email short, friendly, and personable.
    • Don’t say anything in an email that you wouldn’t say to your recipient in person.
  5. Send your email. Once you have proofread you email and have included all the necessary information and added each recipient to the appropriate field, click the send button.
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[Edit]Tips

  • Remember, people want to read emails quickly, so keep your sentences short and clear.
  • If you can say something positive about your recipient or their work, do so. Your words won’t be wasted.
  • Set up a signature. It’s a shorthand way of sharing information that you should include in every email. By putting this information in your signature, you keep the body of your emails short.
  • If the recipient has helped you in any way, remember to thank them. You should do this even when it’s their job to help you.
  • Want to get better at writing emails? Try writing your message as if it will be forwarded to the CEO. This helps you keep your tone and language consistent and professional.
  • Pay careful attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation so that you present a professional image of yourself and your company.
  • Keep introductions brief by writing them as if you were speaking face-to-face.
  • Take a moment to determine whether an email is even necessary before you set about writing one. In many cases, the same information can be relayed with a simple phone call or a short walk to another department.
  • Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.” Manners go a long way in forging good professional relationships.
  • Wait until after you’ve finished proofreading to put in the recipient’s address. This will prevent you from accidentally sending the email before it’s completed.
  • Writing effective emails is like anything else. The more you practice, the better at it you’ll get.

[Edit]Warnings

  • Be careful with the Cc field. If you are emailing tons of contacts who don’t know each other but all need to know the information, make sure to use the Bcc field to protect their privacy.
  • Use the Reply to All option sparingly. Only send your response to those who need to know.
  • Avoid using informal text slang or abbreviations (“LOL,” “ICYMI,” “TTYL,” etc.). These can be confusing to readers to and have no place in a work-related email.
  • Don’t type your message in all caps or lowercase letters.

[Edit]Related wikiHows

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

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  3. http://techterms.com/definition/bcc
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  18. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-write-a-professional-email-1690524
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  20. http://www.businessinsider.com/email-etiquette-rules-barbara-pachter-2013-10
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  23. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/636/01/
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  28. http://www.yesware.com/blog/how-to-write-a-professional-email/
  29. http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7909-professional-email-tips.html
  30. http://www.math.uh.edu/~tomforde/Email-Etiquette.html
  31. http://www.businessemailetiquette.com/do-you-use-emoticons/

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How to Change Your Gmail Password

This wikiHow teaches you how to change or reset your Gmail account password. You can do this on desktop, iPhone, and Android versions of Gmail. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can use Google’s reset form to change the password.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Using the Gmail App on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Gmail. It’s the white icon with a multicolored “M” inside. You’ll find it on the home screen, in the App Library, or by searching.
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    • If you don’t know your password, reset your password instead.
    • Changing your Gmail password also changes your password in all other Google products, such as Google Drive and Google Photos.
  2. Tap your profile photo. One of these two things will be in the top-right corner of the screen.[1] If you don’t have a profile photo, it’ll be your initial instead.
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  3. Tap . It’s near the top of the window just below your Gmail address.
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  4. Tap the tab. It’s in the upper-left area of the screen.
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  5. Tap . This is at the bottom of the “Basic info” section.
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  6. Enter your current password and tap . Once your current password is validated, you can create a new one.
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  7. Enter your new password twice. Type your new password into the “New password” text box, then re-enter it in the “Confirm new password” text box.
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  8. Tap the button. This button is at the bottom-right corner of the page. Your new password is now active.
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[Edit]Using the Gmail App on an Android

  1. Open your Android’s Settings . This is usually a gear icon in your app drawer.[2] You can also open Settings by swiping down from the top of the home screen and tapping the gear in the upper-right corner.
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  2. Scroll down and tap . Depending on your phone or tablet, you’ll usually see a “G” on the Google option.
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  3. Tap . This opens your Google account settings.
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  4. Tap . It’s at the top of the screen.
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  5. Scroll down and tap . It’s under the ″Signing in to Google″ header.
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  6. Enter your current password and tap . This takes you to the ″Password″ page.
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  7. Type your new password into the top box. Make sure your password contains at least 8 characters, using a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
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  8. Type the new password into the ″Confirm new password″ blank. Make sure to type it exactly as you entered it into the first box.
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  9. Tap . It’s the blue button at the bottom of the page. Your Gmail password is now changed.
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[Edit]Using the Google Account Settings Page on a Computer

  1. Go to https://myaccount.google.com in a web browser. This is the Google sign-in page. If you’re already signed in, your account settings will appear. If not, follow the on-screen instructions to sign in now.
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  2. Click . It’s in the left panel.
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    • If you don’t see this option, tap the menu at the top-left corner of the page to expand the options.
  3. Click . It’s in the right panel at the bottom of the “Basic info” section.
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  4. Enter your current password and click . This opens the ″Password″ screen.
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  5. Type your new password into the top box. Make sure your password contains at least 8 characters, using a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
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  6. Type the new password again into the ″Confirm new password″ blank. Make sure to type it exactly as you entered it into the first box.
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  7. Click . It’s the blue button at the bottom of the form. Your new password will take effect immediately.
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[Edit]Resetting a Forgotten Password

  1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/signin/recovery in a web browser. This is Google’s account recovery website. You can access this site in any web browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.
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  2. Enter your email address and click .
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  3. Select . Since you don’t know your password, you’ll need to use one of Google’s recovery methods.
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  4. Select . It’s at the bottom of the screen. Doing so prompts Google to send a verification code to the phone number you have registered to Gmail.
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    • You can select Call if you’d rather receive a call from Google.
    • If there’s no phone number connected to your account, you may be able to have the code emailed to you instead. The options you’ll see depend on what information you’ve provided to Google.
    • You may have to confirm your phone number or email address by entering your phone number in the text box at the bottom of the form and clicking Next.
  5. Retrieve your verification code. Open your phone’s text message app (or your email app if you received the code via email), select the message from Google, and review the six-digit code in the text message.
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    • If you receive a call, answer it and listen to the voice describing the code.
  6. Enter the verification code. In the text box in the middle of the page, enter the six-digit code from the text (or call), then click or tap Next.
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  7. Enter the password you want to use twice. Type the password you want to use into the top text field, then re-type it into the bottom text field. The password entries should be identical.
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  8. Select . It’s a blue button at the bottom of the page. Doing so changes your account password.
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[Edit]Tips

  • It’s helpful to have a second email account. That way, you can link it to your Gmail, and have your password information sent to that account if you ever forget your Gmail password.
  • If your browser is storing your old password and not saving your new one, open your browser’s password manager and delete any entries for Gmail or Google. You should then be prompted to save your new password the next time you log in.
  • Avoid using the same password you’ve used for other accounts if you’re worried it might have been compromised at some point.
  • Write down your password in a notebook or store it in a password manager in case you forget it.

[Edit]Warnings

  • If you don’t have access to your phone, you may not be able to reset your password.

[Edit]Related wikiHows

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

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Star Trek characters show you the proper way to pronounce Omicron

Omicron Star Trek

In this never-ending cycle of boosters and variants, it can be a little hard to keep up your cheer. What started as a clear path to herd immunity has become fraught with rampant skepticism, misinformation, and political division. It’s enough to make you crave an escape into a future where this Covid nightmare is finally behind us. — Read the rest

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Study: brain surgeons and rocket scientists dumb as the rest of us

After completing an intelligence test devised by Imperial College London and the BBC, 329 aerospace engineers and 72 neurosurgeons did not distinguish themselves from results previously gathered from more than 18,000 public respondents. Neurosurgeons had “quicker problem-solving speed but slower memory recall compared with the general population” in what The Guardian characterizes as the only “significant difference,” but a look at the paper (published online in the British Medical Journal) shows that the engineers are at least better at mental manipulation of data. — Read the rest

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SF’s leaning Millennium Tower tilts even more

The rapidly leaning to one side San Francisco skyscraper moved an additional ¼” over a four day period last week. Regardless of what other experts have to say, the tower’s chief spokes-engineer Ron Hamburger continues to keep the faith and has permission to dig more test holes. — Read the rest

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Energy efficient cryptocurrency still emits as much carbon as 2-3 coal plants

I own some cryptocurrency—a decision which began mostly out of necessity, until I saw how much it ballooned, and then I decided that I’ll keep this around and see what happens. But as cool as it’s been to see the value of my minuscule investment blossom and boom, I’ve also been well aware that Bitcoin transaction processing requires about 91 terawatts of energy each year. — Read the rest

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How to Send Large Files Through Outlook

Whether you’re sending email in the desktop version of Outlook or through Outlook.com, you’ll run into size limits when trying to attach large files. Outlook won’t allow you to send a message that’s larger than 20 MB through web-based email servers like Outlook.com or Gmail, or larger than 10 MB when sending through an Exchange server. So what happens when you need to get a large file to someone right away? You can still send the file by first uploading it to OneDrive. Or, if you’re trying to send photos that are too large through the desktop version of Outlook, you can also use Outlook’s image size reducer to shrink them. A third way is to compress the file(s) into a ZIP file, which will usually reduce its size.

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[Edit]Uploading to OneDrive

  1. Sign in to https://www.onedrive.com. Because email servers limit the size of attachments, you’ll want to upload your file to cloud service and then include a link to the file in your email message.
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    • You get 5 GB of space on OneDrive for free with a free Microsoft account. If you subscribe to Microsoft 365, you’ll have 1TB of space, and can upload files up to 250 GB.
    • If you’d prefer, you can use a different cloud drive service, such as Dropbox or iCloud, instead of OneDrive.
  2. Click the button. It’s at the top of your file list. A menu will expand.
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  3. Click on the menu. This opens your computer’s file browser.
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  4. Select the large file and click . This uploads the file to OneDrive. You can watch the progress at the top-right corner of OneDrive.
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  5. Select the uploaded file and click . You’ll see this at the top-left corner of the file list.
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  6. Click . This saves a direct link to the large file to your computer’s clipboard.
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  7. Paste the file into the email message in Outlook. Whether you’re using Outlook.com on the web or the Outlook app on your computer, you can paste the URL you copied into the body of the message. Just right-click the location in the message where you want to insert the link and select Paste.
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  8. Send the message. When the recipient receives the message, they’ll be able to download the large file by clicking the link you included.
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[Edit]Reducing Image Size in Outlook 365

  1. Attach the large photo(s) to your email message in Outlook. If you’re using the Outlook application on your computer and want to share large photos, you can tell Outlook to make the images smaller when sending.[1]
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    • To attach files in an Outlook message, click the paperclip icon at the top of the new message, select Browse This PC, choose the file(s), and then click Open.
  2. Click the menu and select . The File menu that you need to click is the one that’s on the new message, not the one at the top of Outlook. You’ll see an Info menu option at the top of the File menu when expanded.
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  3. Select . It’s the first option in the yellow box under “Image Attachments.”
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  4. Click the back button to return to your email message. Now that you’ve told Outlook to reduce the size of the attached image(s), you should be able to send the message without error.
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    • If you can’t get the images small enough to send this way, send multiple email messages with a few images attached to each, or upload them to OneDrive instead.

[Edit]Compressing Files Before Sending

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac). If you’re trying to send a file (or group of files) that are too large to attach to an email, you may be able to reduce the size of the file by compressing it into a ZIP file. The recipient can then unzip the file to view what’s inside.
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    • To open File Explorer for Windows, click the folder icon in the taskbar, or press Windows key + E.
    • To open Finder for macOS, click the two-toned smiley face icon on the Dock.
    • Some mail servers won’t allow you to attach a ZIP File to an email. If you get an error about attaching a ZIP file, try using OneDrive instead.
  2. Go to the folder where you’ve saved the large file(s). For example, if your large files are photos, you can open your Photos or Pictures folder.
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    • Compressing files that are already in compressed formats, such as MP3, JPG, or MP4, will typically not reduce the file size by much. This method will work best for uncompressed files such as large Adobe documents, uncompressed video, and images in the RAW format.
  3. Select the file(s) you want to compress. To select multiple files, hold down the Control (PC) or Command (Mac) key as you click each file.
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  4. Add the selected file(s) to a compressed ZIP file. The steps are a little different depending on your operating system:
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    • Windows: Right-click the selected file(s), choose Send to on the menu, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder.
    • macOS: Press Control as you click the selected file(s) and choose Compress from the menu.
  5. Check the size of the new ZIP file. Once you compress the files into a ZIP, a new file ending with the “.zip” extension will appear in the same folder you’re in. You’ll want to make sure it’s fewer than 10 MB if you’re sending it through an Exchange server, or 20 MB if sending through most other types of mail servers. Here’s how to check its size:
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    • Click the file ending with .ZIP once to select it.
    • If you’re using a Mac, click the File menu and select Get Summary Info.
    • If you’re using Windows, right-click the file and select Properties.
  6. Attach the ZIP file to an email in Outlook. You can do this using the desktop version of Outlook or Outlook.com on the web. Just click the paperclip icon at the top of the message, select Browse this Computer or Browse this PC, choose the file, and then click Open. If the file is smaller than the maximum, the message will send as normal.
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    • If you’re still unable to send the message after compressing the file, or Outlook won’t let you attach a ZIP file to an email, you could try uploading the file to OneDrive or another cloud drive instead.

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Disconcerningly realistic bread lamp

“Please do not eat it!” implores the product description for East Fork’s Bread Lamp. “This is a light, not a snack!” [↬ Audible]

– These are actual lights made of actual, real, honest-to-goodness bread, coated in resin—the world’s a weird and scary place, but this?

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How to Cancel an Amazon Order After It Ships Using the App

Did you just get a shipping notification from Amazon only to realize that you meant to cancel the order? This wikiHow article will teach you how to cancel an Amazon order that’s already shipped using the Amazon app. Don’t worry — it’s simple and can be done in a few quick steps. Make sure you have the Amazon app downloaded on your iPhone or Android, then let’s get started.

[Edit]Steps

  1. Open your Amazon app. You can cancel an Amazon order that has already been shipped straight from your mobile device. Open your Amazon app to get started.
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  2. Visit the “Your Orders” section of the app. Tap the profile icon on the bottom of your screen, represented by an image of a person. Then, tap “Your Orders” at the top your screen.
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  3. Select the item you want to cancel. The “Your Orders” screen offers a list of all your Amazon orders, both pending and delivered. Choose the order that you want to cancel (in this case, one that has already been shipped) and click on it.
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  4. Tap “Request cancellation.” If your order has already been dispatched, you cannot automatically cancel it. Instead, you must request cancellation.
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    • While Amazon does not technically guarantee that your request will be approved, you are likely to receive a refund as long as you provide a reason for your request.
    • If you are attempting to cancel an order that has not yet shipped, you will be offered “Cancel Item” as an option, and can simply tap that to complete your cancellation and receive a refund. [1]
  5. Choose a cancellation reason from the drop-down menu. Amazon does not require a reason for cancellation, but providing a reason ensures that your request will be approved. Amazon’s menu of options covers just about every reason you might want to cancel, such as an incorrect shipping address or the item being too expensive.
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    • The “Request cancellation” list will include any incomplete orders, so be sure to check the box next to any items for which you want to request cancellation. [2]
  6. Confirm your request for cancellation. Once you have chosen a reason for cancellation, you can click the big yellow button beneath it.
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  7. Wait for your refund. Amazon will make a decision on your request almost immediately, and will refund the cost of your order to your original form of payment. The processing speed of your reimbursement depends upon what form of payment you used.
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    • If you still receive your order in the mail, be sure to refuse it. If you still accept the order, Amazon may not approve your request.
    • If you ordered an item on Amazon from a third-party seller, your request for cancellation may take a bit longer to review. The decision to accept the cancellation must be made by the seller, and not Amazon. [3]

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How to Set Up a PayPal Account

PayPal is an online payment system that lets you shop without having to enter your credit or debit card information on the web. You can easily set up a PayPal account and start using it in a matter of minutes. This wikiHow teaches you how to create a new PayPal account and add a payment method so you can start spending, sending, and receiving money online.

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[Edit]Creating an Account

  1. Go to https://www.paypal.com in a web browser. You can use any web browser to create your PayPal account.
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    • If you’d prefer to use a mobile app on your phone or tablet, download the official PayPal app from the Apple App Store] or Google Play Store. You can always download the app after creating your account on PayPal’s website.
  2. Click . It’s one of two oval buttons in the upper-right corner of the page.
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  3. Choose an account type and click . When signing up for PayPal, you’ll have two account type options:
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    • Personal accounts are best for most people—they allow you to send and receive payments and shop wherever PayPal is accepted. To create a personal account, you’ll need to provide your full name, address, phone number, and email address.[1]
    • If you run a business and want to accept PayPal at the register or on your website, select Business Account. You’ll need to provide all of the same information as you would with a personal account, as well as your business EIN or SSN.[2]
    • You can always convert a personal account to a business account later, but you can’t change a business account to a personal account.
  4. Enter your mobile phone number and click . When creating a personal account, you’ll need to provide a mobile phone number to verify your account. As soon as you click Next, PayPal will send a confirmation code to that phone number via SMS.
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    • If you’re creating a business account, you’ll be asked to enter your email address instead.[3]
  5. Enter the confirmation code to confirm. Once the code is confirmed, you’ll be asked to enter additional information.
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    • You can skip this step if you’re creating a business account.
  6. Enter your personal or business details and create a password. The information you’ll need to enter is a little different depending on the type of account you’re creating. Enter all required information, including your full name, and create a secure password for your account.
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    • If you’re creating a personal account, be sure to use your full legal name to avoid any issues transferring money to and from your bank account. When you’re finished entering information, click Next to continue.
    • If you’re creating a business account, enter the address of your business and provide all additional requested details.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your account. After providing all details, you’ll need to agree to PayPal’s terms and policies before you can start using your account. Once you agree, you’ll be ready to set up your account so you can send and receive money.
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    • If you’re creating a business account, you’ll be asked to enter some more information about your business, such as providing the type of business you have.

[Edit]Adding a Payment Method

  1. Sign in to your new PayPal account. If you just created your account, you’ll probably be asked if you want to link a bank account. But if not, you can go to https://www.paypal.com and click Log In to sign in now. The Log In button is in the upper-right corner of the page.
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    • Once you add a payment method to PayPal, you can use it to send money
    • You can use PayPal without linking a bank account or debit card, but you’ll only be able to send money to (and receive money from) other PayPal accounts. You can only transfer money from PayPal to you bank account if you’ve linked it.
  2. Click the tab. It’s at the top of the page.[4]
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    • If you created a business account, click the Pay & Get Paid tab at the top and select Money from the menu.
  3. Click . This button is near the top of the page.
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  4. Choose the type of account you want to link. You can add multiple payment methods if you wish, but for now, start with one.
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    • Click Link a debit card or credit card to link any payment card. This option is geared toward making purchases online. You can also use this option to add a prepaid gift card from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
    • Click Link a bank account to link a bank account. This option lets you withdraw money from your PayPal account to your personal or business bank account.
  5. Select your bank if listed. If you chose to link a bank account or have a bank-issued debit or credit card, check to see if your bank is listed. You can use the search bar to search for it by name if you don’t see its logo. If your bank is listed, you’ll be able to enter your online banking login information to automatically link your account.
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  6. Enter your account information. If you were able to select your bank from the list, follow the on-screen instructions to log in and confirm. If your bank wasn’t listed, you’ll have to enter the info manually:
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    • Checking or savings account: Type the account number and routing number when prompted. You’ll find these numbers at the bottom of a check or on your banking statement.
    • Debit or credit card: Type the card number, expiration date, 3-digit CVC code, and other info when prompted.
  7. Click (bank account) or (credit/debit card). If you were able to sign in to your online banking system to link a bank account (or if you linked a credit or debit card), your payment method is now connected to PayPal.
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    • If you typed your bank account number manually because your bank wasn’t listed, check your bank account in 24-48 business hours. PayPal will make two small deposits into your account, totaling less than a dollar. You’ll need to enter these two values in order to confirm that you are the owner of the bank account.
    • To confirm your deposits after 2 business days, log back in to PayPal, click the Wallet tab, select your bank, choose Link your bank another way, and enter the two amounts as they appear on your statement. Click Submit to confirm.

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