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”.

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.

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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:

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.

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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.

yahoo weak password

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.

What Is Yahoo and What Is It For?

As a resident of the 21st century, you’ve most likely read about or heard people mention Yahoo (aka Yahoo!) at least once in your life. But even though this company has been a leader on the internet since its early days (1995 to be exact), you may not know exactly what Yahoo is or what it’s for. Frankly, even people who already use Yahoo may not be aware of all the options they have! So let’s get everyone up to speed and answer those two fundamental questions: What is Yahoo? And what is it for?

Yahoo offers a multitude of services

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There was a time when Yahoo! was nothing more than a web directory, which was designed to help internet users find relevant websites. It soon became one of the top search engines in the world and added a web portal. Well, one thing led to another and now Yahoo’s homepage is the fourth most visited website in the entire world. If you take a look at it, it’s clear why: aside from the same old tried and true Yahoo! search engine, you can find breaking news, sports news, local weather, trending topics, an email client and more than a dozen links to other useful and interesting content.

These days, millions of people set Yahoo as their internet homepage, so every time they open the web, the first thing they see is that homepage. Millions of people also use Yahoo’s free email service, and it is one of the most popular email platforms to this day.

So the answer to the first question is: Yahoo is a web portal bursting with content and information, a popular email service, a search engine, and much more.

What exactly is Yahoo used for, though? Let’s go through 6 of the most popular areas/services offered by Yahoo: Mail, News, Sports, Finance, Messenger, and Answers.

Yahoo email service

By far one of the most popular features of Yahoo is its free email service. When you sign up for a Yahoo account, you are automatically given an “” email address with your own inbox. Of course, yours will only have a welcome message or two from Yahoo, but this is what your Yahoo mail looks like when it’s full:

yahoo mail inbox

You can use Yahoo mail to send emails to friends, family, coworkers and others. You can attach files to share, including pictures, and keep your mail nice and organized with folders. You also have access to a hand calendar tool that you can program to send reminders about important events. And, if you look closely at the left sidebar, you also get information about Yahoo! Messenger here in your inbox. We’ll talk about that in more detail later.

Yahoo! news portal

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Yahoo news is the first thing many people see when they turn on their computers (or mobile devices) first thing in the morning. The homepage will show an assortment of stories that may be of local or regional interest to you based on where you live, and you’ll get even more headlines and breaking news stories when you go to the actual news page. Yahoo collects the best and most interesting news articles from many different journalists and publications, so you’re bound to find something that catches your attention here.

Yahoo sports news

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Sports fans can get all the vital information they need for football, basketball and more. You can find highlights from the big game, final scores for professional and college sports, info on drafts and recruitment, player info and more. Yahoo even has a fantasy league you can participate it.

Yahoo! finance

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There is no better place to go on the internet for unbiased, up to date information on what’s going on in the financial markets than Yahoo finance. You can see what’s going on with the stock market, major indexes like the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average, and read news on the economy and personal finance. They have an incredible wealth of information about every stock that’s being traded, and you can search by individual stock and get all the relevant information to make decisions about your investments. When you have a Yahoo! account, you also get access to “My Portfolio”

Yahoo messenger

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If you are already a fan of instant messaging or want to give it a try, Yahoo has a very popular instant messaging service called Yahoo! Messenger. You can add contacts and chat with them in real time, share media files and even do voice and video chats. Here’s what your chat window might look like when you run Yahoo Messenger on your PC:

yahoo messenger chat

Yahoo answers

When you just can’t find the answer to your question no matter how hard you look, there’s Yahoo Answers. Ask the entirety of Yahoo users your question, and see if someone can answer it. You can rate the best answers and vote down answers that are unhelpful. Just remember, anyone with a Yahoo account can ask and answer, so it’s a good idea to take the answers with a grain of salt and maintain a sense of humor.

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Yahoo, in summary

As you can see, Yahoo is more than just a search engine and email platform. The Ymail homepage has enough information and different sections to keep you busy all day long, and you will always know what’s going on in the world if you take a look at Yahoo’s headline news. Combined with weather, entertainment, instant messaging and answers, Yahoo is basically everything you could need on a normal day on the internet.