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Friday, April 20th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help


Do you hate writing e-mails? Well, then try recording them instead!

If you’re like me, you are a one finger typist, so writing and replying to e-mails can be a big chore.

Or, maybe you want to be a little more personal in your e-mails?

Either way, why don’t you try recording your messages rather than typing them?

Is that possible, you ask?

Well, as a matter of fact, it is! It’s made possible by a neat little program called Waxmail and best of all, it’s 100 percent free too!

If you use MS Outlook or Outlook Express and you have a microphone for your computer (or if it has a built in microphone), you’re all set.

Just pay a visit to Waxmail’s Web site here, select which Outlook program you are using and then just click on the appropriate button.

You will be asked to enter in your name and e-mail address first. You can then select to receive regular newsletters if you wish by checking the indicated box. When you’re ready, click the Download button.

When you have Waxmail downloaded, go ahead and run the program. It will then ask you where it can open the temporary files to enable it to install. You can safely accept what is offered, unless you have other preferences, like this:

And then followed by this:

Eventually, the installation will complete, but you will have to reboot your computer. Yes, it’s a pain, but it’s necessary nevertheless.

Once you’re back from the reboot, fire up your e-mail program and you will see a new button for Waxmail:

This is the Command Center for Waxmail. Clicking on it will result in this screen:

Here, on the right hand side, is the Recording Center. Just click the big red button and start recording what you want to say in your e-mail. Yes, it’s that simple!

Press the Stop button when you’re finished and that’s pretty much it!

You will now see this message:

Unless you want to see this every time you create a message, check the box to skip the message in the future.

Now, you have an audio e-mail lined up with the recorded message as an attachment in an MP3 format.

Waxmail will then show this message on the e-mail for the recipient to read:

Now, if they click on the attachment, it will play on whatever media player they have installed on their PC. So, they don’t even need a copy of Waxmail to be able to do this, but they just might be so impressed with your voicemail/e-mail that they will want to record a message in return! You never know!

Note: You will notice that with the free version, there is a small advertising message at the bottom (which is fair), but if you choose to, you can upgrade to the paid version and get rid of that. It’s your choice.

So, I hope this has opened up new horizons for you and I hope you enjoy sending your voice messages to all your e-mail friends, courtesy of Waxmail!

~ David Woodford

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