Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

A title or brief description of a message or document. For example, in an e-mail, the subject describes the contents of the e-mail. A subject, such as "display problems," may describe that the message contains information about a problem with a computer display.


Whenever sending an e-mail, always include something in the subject line, even if the subject is one word. A subject helps recipients quickly identify what your e-mail is about and may also cause them to open the e-mail faster when glancing at their unopened e-mails.

As may be seen in the image below, the subject is the fourth option listed in this example.

Writing an e-mail message

BCC, CC, E-mail terms, Message body, NIM, Sub