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E-mail & Messaging

For most people, a day without e-mail is unthinkable. From instant messaging to e-mail and other notifications, HowStuffWorks explains the devices and technologies that keep you in the loop.

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Tech Talk: E-mail Quiz

Whether you keep it short and sweet or you're a spam champion, you've no doubt used e-mail. But how much do you really know about it? Take our quiz to find out!


Can e-mails be taxed?

How many e-mails do you send and receive on any given day? Could you imagine if you were taxed for all that digital communication?

How to Send Text Messages Through Your Computer

If your fingers ache from trying to send text messages from your cell phone, consider learning how to send text messages through your computer. Read this article to learn how to send text messages through your computer.

How to Organize Emails by Utilizing the Files Function

You can organize e-mails by assigning mail to specific files for later retrieval. Learn about how to organize e-mails in this article.

How Instant Messaging Security Works

With a rise in instant messaging, security is important to protect your computer and your family.

IM and E-mail: Which is more popular and why?

Instant messaging and e-mail are useful communication tools. And you're either an IM fan or a staunch e-mail loyalist. So which is more popular and why?

How Video Instant Messaging Works

Video instant messaging is becoming a more common alternative to regular instant messaging. Learn more about video instant messaging in this article.

How Weather Alerts Work

The weather can change instantly, depending on your location. Learn how you can receive up-to-the-minute weather alerts, no matter where you're at.

How Google Talk Works

Are you an instant messaging fanatic? Click here to learn about how Google Talk works.

How On-Hold Messaging Works

On-hold messaging is common with many business telephone systems. Learn more about how on-hold messaging works.

How Windows Live Messenger Works

Windows Live Messenger is an easy to use instant messaging program for Windows. Learn all about it in this article.