When you create an email in FYI, you can apply practice templates, delegate tasks and send immediately or save as a draft to leverage workflow functionality.
- From FYI, click + New
Select Email from the list of document types.
Or, from the workspace, simply press the shortcut key E for a new email.
The Drawer displays on the right-hand side.
- Client - Type at least three characters of the client name to display all clients containing those characters. Then click to select the required client.
Email - This field defaults to the Client email.
If the email is being sent to a different addressee other than the client that it is being filed under, click the Change To link and select the required addressee.
If the client has multiple contact email addresses, these will appear in the Email Address drop-down and you can choose which email address to send the email to.
If the client does not have an email address, or to send to a different address, you can add this by typing directly in the Email.
Template - If relevant, you can select from a library of Templates maintained for your practice. Refer to Creating Emails from Templates.
Name - this identifies the email internally and is the name that displays in the lists in FYI.
If a default name is provided, for example from the selected template, you can change this.
- Enter the filing details (refer also to Using the Email Drawer.
Cabinet - If the selected Client has a default Cabinet, or you have a default for your own settings, this is displayed. This can be changed if required.
Defaults display for additional filing fields depending on the Cabinet selected, for example, Categories, Jobs, Tags and Keywords. Refer to Jobs and Tags and Keywords.
- In Save or Send you have the option to select Draft in FYI, Draft in Outlook, or Send Immediate.
If you do not need to make any changes to the content (for example, when using a template) you can select Send Immediately.
Draft in FYI
Selecting Draft in FYI keeps the email inside FYI, where you can assign tasks, share comments and workflow the email if it needs to be edited or reviewed by other users in your practice. You can leave the email as draft in FYI to send later or so it can be sent by another user.
When creating an email as Draft in FYI, if you have an Email Signature set up for your practice that includes Merged Fields, or if you have selected a Template that contains certain Merge Fields, these will be merged into the email when it is sent, or if the email is saved as Draft in Outlook. The Merge Fields are only applied when the final sender of the email has been determined and these do not display when editing the email in FYI. Refer also to Creating Emails from Templates and Adding an Email Signature to FYI.
The following message displays as information.
Draft in Outlook
Selecting Draft in Outlook sends the email to your FYI - Drafts folder in Outlook so you can edit the email in Outlook.
You will then be able to add additional recipients, set the importance flag, set the read receipt, attach documents from Windows Explorer and send the email directly from Outlook.
Important Note: Once the email has been created as a Draft in Outlook, if you make any changes from Outlook, you cannot send the draft back to FYI. You need to make all the required changes and send it from Outlook. In FYI, you can only Preview the email (with the Preview tab on the Drawer).
If you want to add attachments to the email, in the Attachment section click the Add Document button. This displays the Document Search where you can search for and select documents. You can select how you want to send the attachment (OneDrive or Email) and if you want to include the attachment as a PDF. Refer to Adding Attachments to an Email in FYI.
- Click Create.
For a Draft in FYI, when the email has been created, you can make changes to the Workflow (refer to Using Workflows for Email Approval).
You can also add Tasks to the email. Refer to Adding a Task to an Email or Document.
Email is Created
The next action after clicking Create, depends on what you selected for Save or Send.
Clicking Create sends the email.
Draft in FYI
If you have selected Draft in FYI, the email displays in the Editor and you can edit it as required in the Editor or click Full Screen to expand the email.
The following is an example with Merge Fields that relate to the sender. The Merge Fields are only applied when the final sender of the email has been determined and these do not display when editing the email in FYI.
You can close it and then Re-open and edit it via the browser at a later time to make further changes. Refer to Re-opening and Sending Draft Emails.
If you want to send the email, at the top of the Editor, display the drop-down from the Draft in Outlook button and select Send Immediately.
Draft in Outlook
You need to open the draft from the FYI - Drafts folder in your Outlook and edit and send from there.