4. Edit and Send Your Email

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The email drafts you created during this lesson are starting points for communicating with someone in the future.

Return to your drafts when the situation arises, or edit them for other situations.

If you don’t have a specific reason to send someone an email you outlined in this lesson, send it to yourself.

To find the email you wrote, open your Drafts folder.

Every email you write in Gmail is automatically saved as a draft until you send it or delete it.

Click to open the message.

Edit the message to reflect the current situation.

You might need to change: The name of the recipient...

...vacation or due dates...

...meeting times...

...or coworkers’ names.

Proofread your message.

Then add the email address of the recipient in the To field.

To practice, use your email address.

Update the subject line.

Then send the email.

Now that you’ve sent the email, it is no longer saved in your Drafts folder.

It appears in your Sent folder.

And, because you sent the email yourself, it also appears in your Inbox.

In your inbox, open the email you sent yourself.

Practice replying to your message.

Open the options menu.

Choose the option to reply.

When you reply to an email, you write back to the person who sent it to you.

Write a brief message, then send the email to yourself again.

You’ve sent and replied to an email.

Find this and any other email you’ve sent in your Sent folder.

If you’d like, copy and paste the message into a new email to keep it as a draft.

Great work!


  1. Open an email from the Drafts folder and edit it for a specific situation.
  2. Send the message to yourself.
  3. Reply to your new email.