Yes, I think that's the way to go.
I keep an icon for "Notepad" on the bottom toolbar so I can start it anytime. Then I just copy & paste onto the reply.
It's also useful when doing long posts and AOL or the phone company keep throwing me out, it stops me losing what I've written - and my temper ! :rolleyes:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau