Compose Email with Pixsy

November 19, 2012 | no comments

Draft an Email with Pixsy

The Pixsy email command will come in handy for those times when you need to send a quick email message to someone. It allows you to draft the email fields (to, cc, subject, body) with a simple command and then automatically sends the message to your default email application where you can review the draft and click send.

At the end of this tutorial, I will show you how to set up your Gmail account as the default email handler for this command.

Streamline Your Email Workflow

You can use this command on the Pixsy website and it works just fine. For the most streamlined approach, try the commands in this tutorial with the Pixsy extension for Chrome. You can draft your email message in the Chrome navigation bar (i.e. Omnibox) while you are browsing any webpage. You can learn more about it and install it from the Chrome webstore.

The Pixsy Email Command

You draft an email message with either of these command forms:

Email Command Form 1
.mail
Email Command Form 2
.email

How to Use the Email Command

There are no options for the email command; however, you do need to use indicators for each of the email fields so that Pixsy can properly parse the command and compose your email message.

Mandatory Fields

You have to include a recipient email address and a message body in the command. Pixsy recognizes the following indicators for these fields:

to: – the recipient email address

b: – the body of the email message

If you would like to add multiple recipients to your email message, use a comma delimited list of the email addresses. The examples below demonstrate this.

Optional Fields

You can also include cc email addresses and a subject for your message with the following indicators:

cc: – a cc email recipient address

s: – the subject of the email message

Enter multiple cc email addresses with a comma delimited list. There is an example of this below.

The Complete Command Syntax

Here is a generic view of the email command syntax. Replace the placeholders [YOUR INFO] with the appropriate information. Note that you do not use the [ and ] symbols in the actual command that you submit. They are part of the generic placeholder for the information that you will enter in your command.

.email to:[YOUR INFO] cc:[YOUR INFO] s:[YOUR INFO] b:[YOUR INFO]

Pixsy Email Examples

Single Recipient

.email to:[email protected] b:I made this email with Pixsy!

An email message needs to contain at least these two email fields in order for Pixsy to send it to your default email application.

Single Recipient, Single cc Recipient

.email to:[email protected] cc:[email protected] b:I made this email with Pixsy!

Single Recipient with Subject

.email to:[email protected] s:Pixsy is Great! b:I made this email with Pixsy!

The Whole Enchilada

.email to:[email protected] cc:[email protected] s:Pixsy is Great! b:I made this email with Pixsy!

Multiple Primary Recipients

.email to:[email protected],[email protected] cc:[email protected] s:Pixsy is Great! b:I made this email with Pixsy!

Multiple cc Recipients

.email to:[email protected] cc:[email protected],[email protected] s:Pixsy is Great! b:I made this email with Pixsy!

The Social Butterfly

.email to:[email protected],[email protected] cc:[email protected],[email protected] s:Pixsy is Great! b:I made this email with Pixsy!

Your Default Email Application

When you submit the mail command, Pixsy translates it into a format that is recognized by email applications, and then sends the message to your default application. If you haven’t changed your default browser configuration, then this will be the email application that is set as the default on your operating system.

If you would like to change the default application to Gmail so that the email messages generated by Pixsy are sent to your Gmail account, there are a few simple steps to do this.

Make Gmail the Default in Chrome

In Chrome, you can make this adjustment using a notification icon that appears in the right side of the browser navigation bar (i.e. Chrome Omnibox) when you are logged into your Gmail account. Click on this protocol handler icon and you will see a dialog that looks like this:

Click on the ‘Use Gmail’ radio button and then click the Done button. With this modification, Chrome will send you to your Gmail account anytime that you submit a Pixsy email command or click on a mailto: webpage link.

You can remove this protocol handler by entering the following in the Chrome navigation bar:

chrome://settings/handlers

This will popup a Chrome dialog window where you can select the handler and remove it (by clicking on a link next to it).

Make Gmail the Default in Firefox

To change the default configuration in Firefox, open your preferences window and select the Applications tab. In the search box, enter ‘mail’. You will get a configuration line that looks like the following:

Click on the dropdown to the right of the mailto handler field and select ‘Use Gmail’. Close the window and your settings will be updated so that your email messages from Pixsy are routed to Gmail.

To change back to your default configuration, return to the same settings window and select the ‘Use Chrome (default)’ item.

Get Help with the Email Command

Yeah, you will forget the indicators for the email fields. I developed it and still haven’t committed them to memory at this point. To get in-application help just type the following:

.email -help

You will receive a helpful dialog window that includes all of the indicators and examples of complete email commands. The -help option is available for any built-in Pixsy command.