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Interactive video lesson plan for: How to Send a Text Message

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Text messaging makes it easy to communicate with friends and family by typing a short message into your phone.

Step 1: Find the main menu
Find the main menu on your mobile phone by selecting Menu or Main Menu from the main screen, and then selecting Message.

Some phones have the option to select Message from the main screen.

Step 2: Create new message
Select New Message from the message menu, and then select Text Message if you have other options to choose from.

Step 3: Choose recipient
Choose the recipient of the text message by typing their phone number or choosing their number from your list of contacts. Select Ok if prompted.

Step 4: Type your message
Type your message. Use your full alphabet keypad, if you have one, or use your number keypad, for which you need to press a key once to get the first letter, twice for the second, and three times for the third.

Check your text capabilities. Most phones have a 160-character limit on text messages.

Step 5: Use shorthand
Use shorthand if typing each word is too time-consuming or if you are nearing your character limit. Popular shorthand includes the letter 'u' for the word you and the letter 'r' for the word are.

Step 6: Send
Hit Send or Ok to send your message when you finish typing it. You’ll join the millions of other people who regularly send text messages.

Did You Know?
Did you know? In 2008, Americans sent over 1 trillion text messages.

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