Tip from the Webmaster - Email Links

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November 5 - Every once in a while, I get an email message from a member telling me that they can't click on e-mail links (on this website or others) to send an email. E-mail links on websites require that your computer has an email program installed. Examples of these are Outlook, Thunderbird, and Windows Live Mail on Windows computers or Apple Mail on Macs.

If you have a Google Mail or Yahoo email account, you probably use a browser (like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) to manage your mail. This is called web mail. Links from website pages won't work with web mail.

You can still send emails to the links that you see on web pages, but it requires a little bit of work. When you point your cursor at the email link, there's usually a pop-out near the cursor or information on the STATUS line of your browser (the bottom line - but you have to turn it on). Once you see the email address in the pop-out or status line, jot it down, go to your web mail. program, start a new message and type the address into the TO or CC field.

If you'd like the convenience of being able to click on email links and go directly to your email, you might want to look into getting an email client program for your Windows computer. A good article on the top 11 free programs can be viewed here. -- Rick Black