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How to use Yahoo Mail

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How to use Yahoo Mail

New to Yahoo Mail? You'll find that Yahoo has a lot of the same features that other email providers have, as well as a few extra ones as well. Here's a basic overview of the things you'll see when you access your Yahoo mailbox.



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The most important part of any email provider is composing new emails! You'll find the compose button in the top-left of the mailbox screen.


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When an email is selected, you'll see these icons light up along the top-part of your mailbox. Going from left to right these are:


Reply (Lets you send a reply to the email)

Reply to All (Sends a reply to all the recipients on the email)

Forward (Let's you forward the emails contents to another recipient)


Archive (Moves the email to the Archive folder. Emails in this folder will not be deleted by Yahoo Mail)

Move (Lets you move the email to another folder in your mailbox)

Delete (Moves the email to the Trash. Emails in the Trash folder will be emptied periodically by Yahoo Mail)

Mark as Spam  (Moves the email to the Spam folder and marks all future emails by that sender as Spam. Emails in the Spam folder will be emptied periodically by Yahoo Mail)

Additional options
(Allows you to mark an email as Read/Unread, Star/Unstar, Block the senders, or view the email's technical message headers)



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The Search bar at the top of the page allows you to search the mailbox for emails containing the words you type into it. Click the arrow in the right side of the box to do an Advanced Search.



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Along the left side of the mailbox are the main mailbox folders in Yahoo Mail. These are self-explanatory and are included in every account. These folders can't be edited or removed.




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Further down the left side are the Views. These buttons (except Tutorials) search your mailbox for related emails.


Photos (Displays all photo attachments received in Yahoo Mail)

Documents (Displays all non-photo attachments received in Yahoo Mail: .doc, .pdf, .zip, etc.)

Travel (Displays any travel information, like flight times, based on emails in your mailbox)

Coupons (Displays any coupons from recognized sellers in your mailbox)

Purchases (Displays purchase confirmations in your mailbox)

Tutorials (Provides a few help videos on some additional features in Yahoo Mail)




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Your created folders are found along the left side of your mailbox. You can put messages in here (using the Move icon or drag-and-drop) to organize them better. Click the New Folder text to create a new folder.



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In the upper-right side of the page are these pictures. Going from left to right, they are:


Address Book (Opens a new window with a list of your contacts in Yahoo Mail)

Calendar (A calendar that lets you create, share, and edit events)

Notepad (Opens a notepad that lets you type notes you can save and access later. Keep in mind this is separate than the Notes app on a smartphone/tablet)

Settings (This provides a list of themes, layouts and additional options for your mailbox)



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Just above the first message in your mailbox you'll see the top checkbox. This allows you to select all visible emails in your mailbox. The Sort button lets you organize emails by Age, Sender, Date, Unread, Starred, Subject, or whether it has attachments or not.

Check out our Tips and Tricks board for solutions to most Yahoo Mail issues!
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