How to Send a Message, Video, Image and File with Yahoo

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 in Yahoo

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 sign into and out 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):

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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”.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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:

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.