How to Set Up Mail Forwarding

It seems like everyone has at least three different email accounts these days, and often they are on different email platforms. I personally have Gmail and Hotmail email addresses in addition to my Yahoo account, and sometimes it is a challenge to keep track of everything. This is where automatic email forwarding can be a life saver. When you enable email forwarding in your Yahoo account, all of the messages you receive to your Yahoo email address will be automatically redirected to another email address that you specify, which could be on any other provider, and a copy will be stored in your Yahoo inbox too, just in case.

Setting up mail forwarding in Yahoo mail can be a little tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for, so we’ve put together a step by step guide (with pictures!) to guide you through the process.

Enable automatic mail forwarding in Yahoo

As usual, you’ll want to sign into your Yahoo account and go to your inbox by clicking on the “Mail” icon on

yahoo email forwarding inbox

Once you’re in your email inbox, find the “cog” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, next to your name.

yahoo email forwarding inbox settings

Hover your mouse over this icon, and a dropdown menu will appear. Click on “Settings”.

yahoo mail forwarding settings menu

A new settings window will appear inside your main window. Go to the left sidebar and click on the option labeled “Accounts”.

yahoo mail forwarding select accounts

The first account listed will be the Yahoo account you are currently signed into. Since this is the email address you will be forwarding messages from, this is where we need to change the settings. Click on this account to see its options.

yahoo mail forwarding accounts

You have lots of different options for your account, but what we want is near the bottom, so you’ll have to scroll down a bit.

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When you find “Access your Yahoo Mail elsewhere”, you’re in the right place.

yahoo mail forwarding options

Mail forwarding is set to “POP” by default, which lets you read emails offline in select email platforms, like Outlook. Most people just want all their mail forwarded, though, so click on the bubble next to “Forward” to switch to the basic forwarding option.

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Below the box to input your forwarding address is an option for what you want Yahoo to do with the messages it forwards to your other email account. Your options are to store a copy in your Yahoo inbox, or store a copy in your Yahoo inbox and mark it as “read”. This is a personal choice; I prefer to mark forwarded emails as “read” in my Yahoo account so I don’t end up reading the same emails twice. To change this setting, just click on the small “down” arrow in the box and click on the option that you prefer.

yahoo forward mail storage

In the box marked “Forwarding Address”, enter the email address which you want your Yahoo emails to be sent to. Make sure you enter it correctly and that you have access to the other account, because you will be required to verify it before any mail can be forwarded. After entering your forwarding email address, click on “Verify”.

yahoo forward mail verify

One of two things will happen depending on your browser’s settings. You may see a new tab or window open with a Yahoo sign in box – if this happens, just re-enter your password, and you’ll be taken to your “Account Information” page where you can send a verification email to your forwarding address. First, click “Verify now” next to the unverified email address, then click “Go to *other email provider*” to find the verification email, or click “Close” and “Save” and check your other email later.

yahoo forward mail verify page

What will most likely happen, however, is that your browser will block the new window from opening and you’ll see something that looks like this:

yahoo mail forwarding popup blocked

It could also be a small red “X” in your address bar, depending on what type of browser you’re using. Click on the pop-up blocked notification to allow pop-ups for this site, and the new window will open. Then, follow the steps listed above to verify the forwarding email address.

When you get to the verification email in your other account, there will be simple instructions and a link that you need to click to verify your forwarding address. Once you click the link, your forwarding address will be verified.

yahoo email verified

You’re welcome, Yahoo!

Any email you receive to your Yahoo account should be automatically forwarded to the other email address you just verified. If you want to double check, you can go back through the first steps to the “Accounts” page again and make sure that “Forwarding” is turned on and pointing to the email address you want.

You can turn off email forwarding at any time by going back to the “Accounts” page, selecing the “POP” option, and clicking “Save”.

How to create a folder in yahoo and use them in the best way

Probably the best and easiest way to keep your Yahoo email organized is using folders. Folders allow you to group similar emails together so that you always know where to find them, and it also keeps them from cluttering up your main inbox. Best of all, you can “train” Yahoo mail to put emails in their proper folders as soon as you receive them by using “filters”. But before you can do that, you need to learn how to create a folder in Yahoo Mail so that you have a place to put your emails!

How to make an email folder in Yahoo, step by step

As always, begin by going to the Yahoo homepage at Check to see if you are signed into your account – if you are, your name should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. When you’re logged in, click on the mail icon to go to your Yahoo Mail inbox.

The left sidebar of your Yahoo email screen is how you will navigate through the different areas of your email. If you look near the bottom, there is an option that says “Folders”. If you click on it, it will drop-down a list of all the folders you have created – which right now, is none. However, if you just hover your cursor over the word “Folders”, a small folder icon with a “+” sign will pop up.

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This icon is the “Create a new folder” icon. To make a new folder for your Yahoo email, click on this icon.

yahoo create a new folder

This will open up a small text box where you can write the name of your new folder. You can name your folder anything you want, but it’s a good idea to make your name descriptive of the kinds of emails you will be putting in the folder so that things don’t get misplaced.

yahoo mail new folder name

I’m going to call my new folder “Receipts”, and I’ll use it to keep all of the receipts, order confirmations, and similar things from online shopping. Once you have the name of your new folder typed in, just hit the “Enter” button on your keyboard to create it.

yahoo mail make a folder

Yahoo Mail folder Ready

Tadaa! You just made your first Yahoo Mail folder. You’ll get a small pop-up notification letting you know that your folder was successfully created, with a helpful link to learn how to use “Filters” to move messages into your new folder automatically. You can also see your new folder in the left sidebar.

new yahoo folder created

And that’s all there is to it! You can create as many folders as you want or need in order to keep your Yahoo email nice an organized. For example, you could create a folder for work-related emails, school emails, email newsletters that you want to save and read later, recipes that you get sent to your email, or anything you like.

How to Send a Message, Video, Image and File

Now that you’ve created your Yahoo account and email address and know how to log in and out, it’s time to send an email. You can send emails to friends, family, coworkers, customer service centers, basically anyone as long as you know their email address. With your Yahoo email, you can send regular email messages, or emails with an attached file, photo or video. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of creating and sending an email in Yahoo, plus how to attach different types of files.

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How to send an email in Yahoo

To get started, login to your Yahoo account and click on the “Mail” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to go to your inbox.

yahoo mail inbox

If someone has sent you an email and you want to reply to it, you can click on the message to read it and respond. But if you want to write a new email to someone, you’ll have to click on “Compose”, which is found in the upper left-hand portion of the screen.

yahoo compose email

This will take you to a blank email page where you will be able to write your email.

yahoo blank email

First, enter the email address of whoever you want to send the email to. You can enter more than one recipient at a time; just separate each email address with a comma. Make sure you enter the full email address, including the @ sign and whatever comes after it.

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Next, type in a subject for your message. This isn’t required, but it’s a good way to help the recipient know whether your message is urgent or not.

yahoo email subject

Now you can write your message!

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When you’re finished writing your email and don’t need to attach any files, photos or videos, you can send the message by clicking on the “Send” button at the bottom of the screen.

yahoo send a message

How to attach files in Yahoo email

If you want to attach something, however, there’s one more step before you can send your email. To attach any file, whether a document, picture or video file, click on the paperclip icon next to the “Send” button.

yahoo attach a file

This will open up a file explorer so you can select a file from your computer. Simply browse the folders on your computer (e.g. desktop, documents) until you find the right file. Click the file to select it, and then click “Open”. As long as the file isn’t too large, it will attach itself to your email message.

yahoo email with file attached

You have a few options as to where you want to attach your file from. The default is to select a file from your computer, but what if you have a file in a Dropbox cloud storage account that you want to send? Or perhaps a photo on Flickr? You can insert files directly from either Dropbox or Flickr by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the paperclip, and selecting where you want to find your files.

yahoo attach dropbox file

The process of attaching a picture file is the same for any other file. Click on the paperclip as before, browse the files on your computer, select the picture you want to attach, and click “Open”. Images may take a few seconds to attach if they are large or high quality.

yahoo email with picture attached

You can attach a video file using the same steps as long as it’s not too big. If the file you want to attach is too big, you’ll get an error message with an option to learn how to send large files using Dropbox. Video files can take a while to load…

yahoo attaching video file

After you’ve attached the files you want and your message is finished, just click the “Send” button to send the message and any attached files, pictures or videos to the recipient’s email address. You’ll be taken back to your Yahoo inbox and will have a notification that your message was sent.

yahoo email sent

That’s reassuring!

So you see, sending an email with your Yahoo account couldn’t be easier, and you can even send documents, pictures and video files to your contacts with just a few extra clicks.

How to Open and Close a Session

What do you do the next time you want to check your Yahoo email? What if you’re at work and want to check your Yahoo Finance stock watch list real quick? How can you make sure you’re logged out of Yahoo on a public computer? All you need to do is know How to Open and Close a Session of your Yahoo account. We’ll show you how to do it right here, step by step and with pictures to guide you.

How to sign into Yahoo

To get started, open an internet browser on your computer or mobile device and go to the Yahoo homepage at It will look something like this (but with different news stories and pictures, of course):

login yahoo homepage

If you’re using your usual computer and you have accessed Yahoo on it before, it’s possible that you will see your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If so, congratulations! You’re already logged in. If not, you should see a button that says “Sign in”.

sign into yahoo homepage

Click on the “Sign in” button, and you will be taken to the login screen.

yahoo sign in page

This is where you will enter your Yahoo ID (Yahoo email address) and the password you created when you set up your account. Remember that the password is case sensitive.

Also, if you are using a shared computer and want to be signed out automatically when you close Yahoo, uncheck the box that says “Stay signed in”. On a home computer or personal computer, it’s convenient to leave this box checked so that you are always logged in.

yahoo stay signed in

When you’ve entered your Yahoo email address and password, just click the blue “Sign in” button to go to your personalized homepage.

logged into yahoo home page

Now you should see your name in the corner of the homepage, along with any information you have saved (like your location for weather, etc.). You’re signed in and ready to explore. Looks like I’ve got mail!

How to log out of Yahoo

If you unchecked the “Stay signed in” box when you logged in, then you will be automatically logged out of Yahoo when you leave the website. If you kept this box checked, or if you just want to be extra sure that you are fully signed out, follow the following steps:

Go back to the Yahoo homepage if you aren’t there already, and find your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click on your name, and you should see a small drop down menu appear.

yahoo sign out

The last option in the menu is “Sign Out”. Click on this option, and you’ll be taken back to the normal Yahoo homepage without your account information. It’s now safe to leave the computer without worrying about somebody getting into your email!

How to Open a Yahoo Account – The quick and easy way to do

If you want to be able to access some of the best features Yahoo has to offer, you’ll have to first register on Yahoo and open a Yahoo account. You can do a few things on Yahoo without signing up, like read the news, check the weather and monitor stock prices, but everything gets better and more personalized when you have your own Yahoo account.

yahoo logo

Creating a new Yahoo account is a quick and easy process. In this post, we’ll show you exactly how to do it, step by step.

How to sign up on Yahoo

To start the Yahoo account registration process, you’ll need a computer with an internet connection. Open any web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) and go to You’ll see a homepage that will look similar to this:

create a yahoo account home

There is no link on the homepage that will take you directly to a new account registration, but you can get there by clicking on the “Sign in” button in the upper right hand corner.

yahoo sign in button

This will direct you to the login page for people who already have Yahoo accounts. To create a new account, just click the link at the bottom that says “create new account”.

yahoo account sign in

Now you will be taken to the Yahoo sign up form, where you will enter your personal information, choose a username/email address and a password for your account.

yahoo account sign up form

Yahoo will give you some suggestions for your username, but you don’t have to use them as long as you pick a name that isn’t already being used. As you can see, my first choice here wasn’t available.

yahoo username taken

If the name you want is already taken, the easiest way to make it unique is by adding some numbers on the end. The next step is to choose a password to log into your Yahoo account. It should be a strong password that you can remember but other people won’t be able to guess. My first password choice was an all lowercase dictionary word, which is a very weak password and not allowed by Yahoo because your account would be very vulnerable to hackers.

yahoo weak password

To make a stronger password, I chose one with more characters, including numbers, special characters and uppercase letters.

yahoo sign up information

All that’s left is to enter your cell phone number, date of birth and choose your gender. Your phone number is important because it may be used to verify your account and will help you retrieve your password in case you forget it. So make sure you choose your country code and enter your phone number correctly!

Ad second recovery number in Yahoo

You can also enter a second recovery number if you want, but this is not required.

Finally, click on the “Create account” button. You’ll be asked to enter a captcha code to prove you’re not a robot, and you may also receive an SMS text message with a verification code from Yahoo. Enter these codes when prompted, and continue.

yahoo account created

Tadaa! Your new Yahoo account has been created and you are being redirected to your new homepage. You’ll see that you have been automatically logged in and your Yahoo homepage is now personalized for you.

yahoo account home

From now on, whenever you login to your Yahoo account, this is the first place you will go. From here, you can access tons of features, including your Yahoo email account. Feel free to explore and see all the great features and tools you have access to now that you’ve opened your brand new Yahoo account.