tech tips for writers

Tech Tip For Writers #16: Email That Document

writers tech tips

Tech tips for curious writers

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I want my home/business/classroom to be as paperless as possible. What’s a good first step?

A: Do you make fliers or announcements in Publisher, then print them? Don’t do that. Use the email tool on the toolbar:

  • Create your flier. Make sure its perfect
  • Click on the email tool on the toolbar
  • Fill in To, Subject, as you normally would on an email
  • tech tipThe flier appears as the body of the email.

This can also be done in MS Word.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

Follow me

4 thoughts on “Tech Tip For Writers #16: Email That Document

  1. I too like this a lot. I am enjoying “going paperless” for multiple reasons – not just the environmental aspect, but for the decluttering effect too. Now if I could just employ someone to organize my computer files, and declutter my desktop (I’m a devil for saving docs there)……


  2. Hi, Jacqui! This is a great tip, and applicable in so many practical ways.

    I’m still a holdout, though, for traditional paper invitations for formal occasions such as weddings, baptisms, etc. And I still believe in sittiing down to address paper holiday cards. Once a year I like to take at least a minute or two to actually think about the individual person receiving the card, and that personal connection seems to be appreciated on the other end of the card as well. Somehow, being part of a big distribution list for holiday cards that are being emailed leaves me sort of cold.

    Despite the amazing time-saving advances that technology affords us now, I think we need to hang onto at least one or two of the traditions that are hallmarks of our civility.

    I’d be curious to hear what your other followers think about this. Perhaps I’m a lingering lone wolf …?


    • It is a great tip, though. I just started doing it the last year or so. I wish it would put the document in the message of the email rather than as an attachment. No one likes opening attachments.


What do you think? Leave a comment and I'll reply.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s