Top 5 Yahoo Mail Classic Tips & Tricks

Ryan Dube 05-09-2009

atmailI’ve been using Yahoo Mail for many years, and I’ve suffered through several evolutions of the email system until finally being forced recently to make use of Google Mail.


At first, I couldn’t stand Google Mail (aka GMail) because of the way emails are organized, the format and layout of the email account and other minor details related to personal preference. However, after a while these little idiosyncracies started to grow on me, and after a while I found that I preferred Google mail over Yahoo.

The biggest clincher for me is that Google gives you POP3 or IMAP access for free, while Yahoo makes you pay for the Premium upgrade. Unfortunately, I have this long-standing Yahoo email account with thousands of archived documents, images and conversations going back for almost a decade – so I continue using my Yahoo email account.

To make matters even more interesting, I stuck with Yahoo Email Classic to keep things simple while Yahoo worked through their Beta upgrade, and I’ve never switched.  I’ve always been a Yahoo fan, as evidenced by my recent article on the Yahoo Go mobile email software, and of course the article on Yahoo Calendar Organize Your Life With Yahoo Calendar Read More .  When it comes to Yahoo email, there are certain things I like about the Classic format, and if you’re a fellow Yahoo Classic mail user, I’ve found a few tips and tricks that can help to streamline and simplify the Yahoo email experience.

Organizing Your Email

The first and most important way to optimize and streamline your email is to group up emails in a way that makes sense to you. If that means organizing emails by topic, then do so. If it’s easier for you to throw all emails from each of your clients into a separate folder, then that’s what you should do. Using email folders is a good way for you to customize your email experience and keep your main email folder cleaned up.



In Yahoo Mail, it really couldn’t be much simpler. In the left navbar, you’ll see a section titled “My Folders” which is probably empty. Next to it you’ll see the “[Add – Edit]” link. Click the “Add” link and a pop-up box lets you type the name of your new folder, and that’s all there is to it.  This is an easy way to just create a folder for every potential category where you often get many emails. The next step is to move those particular emails into your folders.


Just select the emails that you want to move to a folder, and then click the “Move…” dropdown button at the top of your email listings. You’ll discover that every folder you’ve created shows up on the list. Just select the directory you want to move those emails to, and your inbox just got a little bit more clean.


Streamlining New Incoming Email

So you’ve created nice folders and you’ve nicely cleaned out your inbox after years of letting it get all built up and cluttered, but how do you keep it clean? Just like when you pick up the house after the kids make a mess, the very next day you know they’re going to do the same thing all over again. When folks send you new mail, it’s going to plop right back into your nice empty inbox. You could always work your tail off moving and organizing all new emails into their respective folders – but why do that when you can automate the process using email filters? You can access Yahoo’s email filtering system using the options button at the upper right corner of your email listings.

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Just click on “Mail Options” and you’ll find that Yahoo email is a whole lot more customizable than you probably thought.



As you can see, you can automatically insert a signature into all of your emails, manage spam email (Yahoo email is configured to do this for you by default, but you can “tweak” the settings if you want), or configure a vacation auto-response. Pop & Forwarding is for Premium only. The option we’re interested in at the moment is the “Filters” link, so go ahead and click on it.


InYahoo Mail Classic, the view for filters looks like the old format, but the premise is the same. You’re allowed up to 100 filters which, for my purposes, is far more than enough. Creating a filter involves filling out the three sections above – the filter name (make it something obvious), creating the rule for the filter and then which folder to move the emails to if the incoming email matches the description.

The rules are pretty simple – you can filter incoming emails based on words or phrases within the header, To and CC fields, the subject or even text within the body of the email itself.  Yes, you can also forward select emails to your mobile device by clicking the little box at the bottom.


Little Known Features of Yahoo Mail

There’s no doubt that Yahoo Mail is not an email account that you’ll be writing home about. However, there are a few little features that at least add a little bit of flexibility to your emailing experience while you’re there. The first feature is the ability to extract either all of the attachments or all of the images that are attached to any of your existing emails.

You can use this feature by clicking either “My Photos” or “My Attachments” in the “Search Shortcuts” box on the left navbar. When you click “My Attachments” for example, you’ll find search results of every single attachment you’ve ever received.  These are sorted into file types, as shown here.


This is extremely useful for when you know you’ve received a file from someone, but you just can’t find it. By being able to bypass the emails and just search by attachment or photo, you can quickly find the file that you’re looking for.

composing - yahoo mail classic

Composing emails in Yahoo isn’t anything to cheer about either, but there are a few little features that are worth mentioning. You can add a background template to your emails – either solid color, or one of those horribly annoying “picture” backgrounds. Throughout your email, you can embed HTML links just like a regular online editor (like WordPress), and you can also highlight a word using a variety of highlight colors – useful for when you’re editing someone’s writing or otherwise want to point out a section of text.

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Finally, while Yahoo doesn’t allow you to connect to your Yahoo email account through POP, apparently it’s OK for you to add other email accounts to your Yahoo webmail account. While this is certainly an effective way to block users from using other webmail accounts to read Yahoo email, it’s also a great way to frustrate users enough so that they decide to opt to avoid using Yahoo entirely. I suspect (and hope) that Yahoo may change this particular free limitation in due course.  Next time, I’ll switch over the “All New Mail” view and describe how Yahoo’s new layout is both better and worse than the Yahoo Mail Classic version.

Do you like Yahoo email, or do you avoid it like the plague? Do you know of any useful features within the free webmail system? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. david
    December 9, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Found it very useful.

  2. wle
    November 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    search is broken
    +, -, and advanced search are either gone or do not work

  3. Ric Miller
    September 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Bring back classic, don't know anyone that's said anything nice about Y! ......unless they were paid to say it....

  4. shak
    September 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Ok, since I haven't been reading all the Gmail articles lately I'm not quite sure if this was discussed before, but I somehow managed to get rid of my Yahoo account by importing all old emails to my Gmail & now only monitor my Yahoo once a month (& quite frankly haven't recieved anything worthy to try if the feature still works). This was possible when Gmail first introduced the Import/Export function but I'm not sure if it's working anymore - plus I only got it for one of my accounts (not the main one though). Any idea how I can add it?

    & btw, Gmail rocks! :o)

  5. Alberto
    September 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

    What you are saying is true, yahoo pop up access is not allowed for free in USA. I live in argentina, and the yahoo extensions emails are allowed pop access and forwarding for free.

  6. Akshay S Dinesh
    September 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

    In gmail you can drag and drop to folders, select multiple items, use a bunch of keyboard shortcuts,and get POP, IMAP access, etc.
    But you can't view your attachments separately.
    Considering the 906 attachments you have and many more I get from various fun groups, and the powerful search feature in gmail i won't mind the absence of that feature.

    But regarding yahoo messenger, I must say that it is fantastic.
    I use my yahoo account only to video chat with my relatives.

  7. aery
    September 8, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Yahoo is in this business even before Google thought of gmail. They know what they are good at , however you cannot ignore the growing popularity of gmail due to simplicity .:)

  8. jake
    September 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I would like to add that one thing. To take advantage of features that you can see from Yahoo mail plus such as address guard, pop access, you do not need to be a premium user, all you need to know is this little secret. Go to language preferences or by going to your account information page, then select yahoo asia for your preference. Sign out sign back in and thats it, you can enjoy pop access (configure your client), address guard feature

    have fun

  9. Mehmet
    September 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I also don't like the new Yahoo. I still use classic version too. And honestly I prefer Gmail but I can not swith to gmail completely because Yahoo doesn't support POP freely. Maybe Yahoo realized that, so they won't enable POP for free accounts. If they enable POP I think there will be a huge transfer to Gmail

    I have a tip for you guys. You can use POP Peeper for Yahoo emails notification and also as a desktop application. It's so great that you can add more than one yahoo account and when you delete an email from POP Peeper it deletes also from your Yahoo inbox, so it's synchronized. You can download it from

    • Nancy
      May 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      They must of caught on as the web address you gave us is no longer available. I get about 500 spams a day which is exhausting and frustrating I unsubscribe, put in my junk folder as Apple says this will stop them and every time I unsubscribe it seems I get more spam from "like companies or topics" it is really ridiculous. I have had my identity stolen, my credit card number stolen and used (after I received my new chip card) the hackers are getting smarter and smarter and yet the programs to protect us have not caught up with the hackers. It makes it hard to trust anything on line!

  10. Toan
    September 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    You can also select multiple consecutive messages by holding Shift while clicking

    • noonespecial
      September 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm

      And You can also select multiple non-consecutive messages by holding Control Key while clicking, or a combination of the two methods. It's common on most web mail or email clients.

  11. gab007
    September 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    dude, drop the loser (yahoo) and stick to the winner (gmail). on the other hand, if you like yahoo...maybe you deserve it.

    @mchlbk: same for you. your nick says it all and explains why you prefer yahoo.

    • mchlbk
      September 6, 2009 at 4:33 am

      It's not about winners or losers - it's about diversity and different users' different preferences. I use Yahoo for mail and shamelessly abuse 4 Gmail accounts for online storage space.

      Btw, where I'm from - Denmark, EU - your nick means something like "seven yawns".

      • gab007
        September 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

        I am glad that my nick has a meaning to you; "gab" stands for Gabriel, and "007" is just 007. However, I had to copy and paste your nick as I could not write it.

        Yes, you are right - users of yahoo mail or hotmail have usually few gmail accounts as well - in order to take advantage of the storage space provided, not for the features of the service itself. On the other hand, gmail users normally do not need more than a single account. Also i find Google to have more respect and consideration for their users then other email providers. It's probably a "mindset" that not everyone shares.

        PS - Denmark is a really nice country, I have been there last year.

        • mchlbk
          September 7, 2009 at 2:29 am

          mchl is to my first name as gbrl is to yours. bk is to my surname as mchl is to my first name.

          Michael Baek, that is. (Or "Bæk" in our 28 letter alphabet.)


  12. noonespecial
    September 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I don't like the "New" Yahoo!Mail at all! And like you, I have an account that I can't let go as I have used it for years. So, I stick with the classic view though I have migrated most of my interactions over to Gmail with the same user name. Unlike you, I don't find Gmail annoying at all. It is intuitive, easy to manage, and has a lot of bells and whistles available through Google Labs. There are things there that Yahoo! never dreamed of. The "New Yahoo!" is slower, more cluttered, and less customizable than they would have you think. And, though it's not part of this discussion, their MyYahoo! has suffered the same advances backward. I, personally, have dropped Yahoo! for all but the most basic and necessary purposes and avoid even their search engine. For all their "advances", they have become mostly unusable for me.

  13. mchlbk
    September 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I like Yahoo Mail for the uncluttered interface.

    Tried Gmail 3 or 4 times but I keep coming back to Yahoo. Gmail is probably a very good service but it just seems too cluttered and full of features I don't need + don't want.

    Yahoo Mail doesn't get in the way - it just works.