After the important update from Yahoo! ´s mail platform, which was developed to do a makeover on the decayed image of the company, Yahoo! Messenger has been the next on receiving an important and substantial change, although in the same way it was done with the email platform, it has done it starting from an existing and familiar idea, opting on the known things to be able to recover general trust.
To begin with, Yahoo! Messenger on its web version has opted for the Whatsapp chat design for local computers, which many of us already know it consists on a conversation list persistent bar to the left, and the selected conversation remains on the right. Of course, all the found elements are designed with Yahoo! ´s visual language, but its great resemblance is undeniable in comparison to Whatsapp Web platform.
Accessing Yahoo! Messenger is possible from the email platform and through URL
It is possible to access Yahoo! Messenger from the Yahoo! ´s email platform. So, when we access it we will see a direct link on the left side of the screen, which is the designated area to access the personalization menu and the settings.
Therefore, in order to access you just have to click on the Yahoo Messenger icon that is located on the left side, along with other icons related with different Yahoo! services. However, keep in mind that by clicking it you will be redirect to a new portal where the platform will be loaded.
Nonetheless, not only by this method Yahoo! Messenger can be accessed, but also it can be entered through URL. In so, the Yahoo! Messenger web address online is messenger.yahoo.com, which can be written directly on the address bar of the preferred browser, in order to access the platform.
Also, another important fact is if Yahoo! Messenger detects that you are accessing it from mobile browser as cellphones, the program will not be loaded and instead it will show you links in order to download the mobile platform regarding your device, since now the mobile platform is preferred as application, completely independent of the new platform for computers.
A known environment when accessing Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger has opted for an old known design, which is an almost identical interface from Whatsapp Web, having all the conversations on the left side and the selected conversation on the right side. To start a conversation, you just have to select the contact of the list on the left, opening a new one automatically.
If the required contact is not on the list, it is only needed to click on the pencil over located on the top of the conversation list, in order to select the contact of interest and with it, to start the conversation.
On another topic, contacts for Yahoo! Messenger are limited to their domain, that is to say, you cannot chat with people who have accounts or associated numbers to foreign services. However, you certainly can invite them to join Yahoo Messenger service. At the beginning, you will find a list of people to invite joining Yahoo! Messenger on the conversation section, which will be substituted gradually with the conversation you are creating.
So, to invite one person you just have to click on the send button that appears on the side of your potential contacts to use the service. In fact, you can write them and the messages will be delivered when these people join Yahoo! Messenger service.
A chatting space with recognizable elements too
The conversation space is also identical to the one in Whatsapp Web, although it is limited on options like sending images, files, emoticons and gifs. Unfortunately, voice notes are not available right now on Yahoo! Messenger platform.
Now, in order to send a file or image you have to click on the referent icon; the system will open a window for you to select the file you wish to send.
In the same way, to send an emoticon you have to click on the referent icon; the platform will open a window with hundreds of them for you to choose, along with other sections with emoticons performing different actions.
To send a gif, you have to click on the referent button so an emergent window is opened, where you can find the desired gif through key words, and you will be able to send them to your contacts.
Also, the platform is capable of working on small screens, adapting to them thanks to a responsive design, which will show a double interface on wide screens and one window interface with squared screens.
On the conversations, you will notice that you can create group conversations; on the top of every one of them you will see an icon that allows you adding other contacts to that conversation in particular, making it into a group conversation.
In order to do this, you just have to click on the “create group” button that is on the top of the conversation.
A name must be assigned to the group.
Then, a list of contacts will appear on the screen; select the desired contacts and add them to the group.
Yahoo! Mail is experiencing one of the biggest and more important renovations in its entire history, and not necessarily being a deep renovation on its functioning, but quite important due to the current condition of the service, where a makeover is really more than urgent.
So, Ymail faces a situation where it needs to modernize itself, and the new released interface a few days ago provides that makeover many of us were expecting for, and wanting the presence of functionalities and personalization like the ones on the direct competition.
Because of that, many functions have been implemented on the new version, which is possible to activate on our personal account and it substitutes the old interactive mode for good, offering quite more intuitive personalization options, clearer functions and a right minimalistic formula.
A quite integral viewing central component
Now, the central element of the new design Yahoo! Mail is more adaptable, it is about a space that manages functions beyond showing an email list on the inbox, or showing the content regarding any email we have opened.
In details, with the dual viewing integration, tab mode and attachments viewer, this component has become subtly a protagonist. Therefore, functions are carried out according to the selected option.
In the same way, to view the elements interactively the viewing modes must be activated from the configuration menu. In so, as predetermined mode the email list is shown and when we click on a specific email, the whole content is opened on the entire central component.
Also, when the viewing option is activated to the right from the personalization options, the central component will be divided into two parts; to the left, the email list will remain shown and visible, while to the right its content will be opened.
On the other hand, when the vertical viewing option is activated, the email list will remain on the top, and on the bottom will be shown the corresponding content of the selected email.
A contextual function bar
Continuing, the central component is accompanied by a function bar that has the purpose to show different options, which can be interacted with the displayed elements. For example, on the inbox visualization or any other mailbox, the available options along with archiving, erasing, Spam selection, among others.
Also, inside an email the available options are to reply, resend, reply all, save and others. And, on the photo and document viewing it shows the easy option to manage, although it is hoped the number of functions grow regarding this last two important contexts.
Like this, to interact with these elements you have to make sure you are on the proper context, in order to be able accessing options like save, move, mark as Spam, mark as unread, mark as read, stand out, mark removal and see message without format, you must be on the inbox or in a smart view.
In the same order of ideas, options like save, move, mark as Spam, mark as unread, mark as read, stand out, mark removal and see message without format are available as well, when you visualize an email, since if you access at least one you will be able to use these functions, which are applied to the email you chose in first place. Along with this options, you will also see the reply, reply this, reply all and forward to other address functions.
On top of the contextual function, it will appear the visualization tabs that can be activated from the viewing properties. For example, one of the useful things these tabs allow is the possibility to open a big amount of emails, which are placed in an organized way to visualize them one at the time.
Thus, to enjoy this option the “message viewing” must be activated from the personalization settings. Therefore, this option is recommended to visualize content on small screen or with low resolutions.
Additional Yahoo! Services also have their place
To begin with, Yahoo Messenger is a forgotten Yahoo! Service that does not end up completely abandoned, since it has managed to have a place on the interface to promote its use a little more.
When you click on the icon, you will be taken to a specific web site to complete a registration.
In more details, the service can be used to contact other people in Yahoo! that perfectly can be contacts you send emails frequently. In fact, Yahoo! Messenger could be a valid alternative to compete with Skype, which so many importance has achieved on the productive and business sector.
Nonetheless, for the moment the contact icon will lead you to the old Yahoo! Mail version, so you can edit or erase saved contact. Also, something similar occurs with the Gmail contact application, in that way being an existing situation even on the biggest companies of the internet.
Similarly, the calendar leads you to the calendar application from the old Yahoo! Mail version, which we hope it will get updated soon. Nonetheless, if you already knew adding events on the calendar, you are going to find this entirely familiar, if not, what you must do is to interact with the application to add events to every hour of every day of the week of interest.
It is hoped that missing elements also receive a definitive makeover, and with it we can leave behind the bad experience with Ymail, coming back great service.
Yahoo! Is one of the main and most experienced email platforms in comparison to its competitors, although at present time it is facing a crisis that it may overcome very soon, thanks to the new perspective it has been willing to do with its services.
Since, Yahoo! Mail is in the seeds of its rebirth thanks to a recently renew implemented interface, which is scaling on the Yahoo! User accounts who still are faithful to its services.
In detail, one of the most important changes has been regarding the general interface reinvention, which is now more minimalistic and clearer if we compare it with its previous version. In fact, a great benefit is that this new interface can be personalized greatly and in a simpler way.
Personalization at the click of just one button
To begin with, in order to personalize Yahoo! Mail interface you to have to click on the setting button that is located on the right side of the screen, along with Yahoo Messenger, contacts and calendar buttons. So, this button will show personalization parameters among which definitely stand out color and other personalized areas with your selection.
Of course, not only the colors can be personalized on the new interface, but other aspects like element distribution, mail sample design as visualization mode, and if it is wished use tab mode as well.
In the same way, you can select the mailbox spacing option right underneath the selection of color personalization areas in the interface. For example, available options are small, medium and large, which can be selected to take advantage of visualization screen size.
In another way, message design options allow to get message visualization on the side or underneath mailbox. Like this, this is useful if the visualized screen resolution is too wide or too long, being able to take advantage the most of it. However, if the resolution is too low message tab option is more useful, though.
In so, to activate this modifications you have to select one out of the three options in the message design area. Thus, options available are: No Preview Panel, Show Message to the Right and Show Message on the Bottom. Also, message tab option is a switch just underneath the available choices.
A more functional searching panel and user management
Continuing, the top bar regarding the whole interface has been simplified, having the same elements found on the older version, but it is shown in a simpler way now. So, the searching bar is now programmed to deliver priority on finding existing primary elements on the email.
In order to be able to use this searching bar, think about and write key words on what it is required and then click the searching button. On the other hand, if what you wish to search have some particular qualities, you can click on the complementary button with the pointing down arrow icon, in order to open the advanced searching options.
On another subject, account management options are now located to the right top of the screen. In details, management consists on: the user button, an access button directing other Yahoo! Services and a start button, which leads to Yahoo!´s home page.
In that way, to manage the accounts you just have to click the button with the user name on it, and then an emergent icon will appear to show information about the account with the logged session and options to add other several Yahoo! Accounts. In the same way, the session can be logged out from this option.
In order to access other Yahoo! Services as Yahoo! Sports or Yahoo! Finance, you have to click on the service button that opens an emerging menu, with links leading all these services. In so, to click on any of them will make you leave YMail, although the session will not be logged out.
An access area to smarter files
The left panel has always been the one with access to predetermine email folders. In fact, the previous version of Yahoo Mail already combined smart folders with predetermine folders, but this time this function has been taken to a whole new level.
Regarding this, besides these links to smart folder other links are showed to visualize images only and attached documents that are contained on the emails, and last, there are the links to created folders in order to organize emails to own criteria, resulting on more neat and clean aspect.
Therefore, in order to use these functions it is just required clicking on the link of interest, if it is about an smart filter it will show email belonging only its corresponding definition, clicking on documents or images views and email visualization area will start loading a gallery, which will give access to multimedia elements such as photos, videos and others.
Of course, personalized folders can be modified at own will and if you want to hide them for personal preference, you can click on Hide, being this option reversible, as well.
Yahoo! goes on the right way, although it has to use the strategy on taking characteristics already invented by its competitors, but in this case it is a way to be able to modernize itself and become a competitive online email client.
In this post, we’ve got some more useful tricks for using your Yahoo account more efficiently and effectively. We’ll go over how to select all the messages in a folder at once (even if there are so many messages they take up multiple pages), tricks for searching for a specific email in your Yahoo Mail, and how to easily create a printer friendly version of a message (no ads or other nonsense).
How to select all messages in Yahoo, even on multiple pages
By the time you find a few minutes to organize your Yahoo email, you might already have hundreds upon hundreds of emails in your various folders. And when you have that many messages, they can’t all be displayed on one page – instead, Yahoo breaks them up into multiple pages. That means that if you wanted to select all 486 emails from a particular folder using the normal method, you’d have to click the “Select all” checkbox for each and every page that those messages are one. Yuck.
Fortunately, there’s a much faster way to do this using Yahoo’s “Search mail” feature.
At the top of your Yahoo Mail inbox, there is a search bar that you can use to search your mail. To the left of it is a small drop down menu that lets you choose which folder of your mail you want to search in. By default, this is set to “All”.
Let’s say I want to select all of the messages from my Inbox folder so I can move them somewhere else (Trash, Archive, etc.). I would click on the folder menu and select “Inbox”. Just select whichever folder you want to select all messages from.
Once you’ve selected the right folder, don’t type anything in the search bar, and just click “Search mail”.
You’ll see all the messages from your selected folder that can fit on one page. Now, obviously I only have 4 messages in my Inbox and I could have easily selected them all manually or just done the “Select all” checkbox at the top of my inbox. But if you have several pages of emails, doing this will only select “all” the emails on the first page, and you’d have to repeat it for every single page.
But with these search results, if you click the “Select all” checkbox, it actually selects ALL of the messages at once, no matter how many pages of emails there are. So simply click the top checkbox to select every email in the folder you chose, and then take whatever action you want with them (delete them, mark as spam, move to another folder, archive, etc.).
Tricks for searching your Yahoo Mail inbox
Yahoo Mail has some useful search operators that make it easier to find a specific email, even if you can’t remember the details about it. Most people don’t know about these email search tips, and they just blindly wander around their inbox until the find their desired message by pure luck or get tired of looking. But not you!
Let’s say I think I remember getting an email from my Grandma with a recipe that looked interesting. I think it was an Italian recipe that used parsley… or was it Italian parsley? Was it even Grandma who sent it? Where do we even begin?!
If I type the phrase “italian parsley” (including quotation marks) into the Yahoo Mail search bar and click search (if you really don’t know where to look, it’s probably best to have “All” selected for the folder), it will show me all emails I have received and sent that have the exact phrase, “Italian parsley” somewhere inside them. Search terms are not case sensitive, so it doesn’t matter if you use lowercase or uppercase letters.
By removing the quotations marks and just searching for italian parsley, Yahoo understands this to mean “Italian” and “parsley”, so this will bring up all emails that have both of these words somewhere in them.
If you want the search tool to use “or” instead of “and”, you can enter the search terms in parenthesis: (italian parsley) will give all messages that have either “Italian” or “parsley”.
But now that I’ve looked through all these messages, I realize that it wasn’t parsley at all. So I can enter (without quotations) “italian-parsley”; the – means “minus” in this case, so this will give me all messages that have the word “Italian” but only if they don’t have the word “parsley”.
Let’s try another approach. Maybe I’m pretty sure the email with the recipe I want had “recipe” in the subject of the message. I can search (without quotations) subject:recipe to return all emails with “recipe” in the subject line.
Ok, but if I have 1000 recipe emails from my Mom and I know she wasn’t the one who sent it, I can remove her messages from my search results using the same “minus sign” as before. subject:recipe -from:Mom will return all emails with “recipe” in the subject that didn’t come from Mom.
Now that I think of it, I am pretty sure that recipe was from Grandma. I’ll try checking all messages from:Grandma.
I can narrow that down a bit by searching only for recipe emails from Grandma with the search term from:Grandma subject:recipe.
And so on and so forth, you can combine these operators “and”, “or”, “not”, “subject”, “from” in any way you want to find the message you’re looking for.
Print an email in Yahoo Mail
Most of the time, if you try to print an email directly from your inbox, you’ll end up wasting a lot of ink and paper on whatever advertisements were there when you hit the print button. Luckily, Yahoo Mail has a super simple way to create an ad-free, printer-friendly version of an email.
First, open the message you want to print. Then, just hit the “P” button on your computer keyboard. A new window with the printer-friendly email will pop up.
Alternatively, you can click on the “More” menu inside the email and click on “Print”. The same popup window will appear.
Now you have 3 more tricks up your sleeve that will let you get the most out of your Yahoo account! You’re basically a Yahoo Mail pro now.
Yahoo Mail is a great email platform that’s quite intuitive and easy to navigate, and if you had enough time, I’m sure you could figure out how to do just about anything you want in your Yahoo account just by clicking around and doing some trial and error. But who has time for that?
To make your life easier, we’ve put together some of the most useful and popular tips for using your Yahoo account. Enjoy!
What if I forget or lose my password?
When you set up your Yahoo account, certain “safety features” were put in place in case you ever forgot your password. If you added a secondary email address to your Yahoo account, recovering your password and accessing your account will be easy. If you didn’t add a secondary email address, Yahoo should have asked you to choose and answer a couple security questions in order to prove you are really you and recover your account. Hopefully you remember the answers to these questions!
First, go to the Yahoo sign in page and click on “Need help?”
Now, click on “I don’t remember my password”.
This next screen will be slightly different depending on the information you provided when you set up your Yahoo account. If, like me, you added your mobile phone number, Yahoo’s first choice to recover your password is to text a code to your cell phone, since this is the most secure way to prove that you’re you. If you don’t have that phone number anymore, you’ll have to click on “I don’t have access to this phone” and try something else.
If you added a secondary email address, this is Yahoo’s second choice to recover your account. If for some reason you can’t get into that email address either, you’ll have to click on “I don’t have access to this email”, and pray that you set up security questions when you created your Yahoo account.
As you can see, I didn’t
There are limited options when it comes to recovering a lost or forgotten password, which is why it is so important to pick one that you won’t forget or write it down and keep it in a very safe place. On the other hand, it can’t be so easy that someone else can guess it and break into your personal account.
Help! What if I deleted an important message from Yahoo mail?
If you accidentally delete an important message and you haven’t emptied your trash folder, you can un-delete the message by moving it out of your trash folder.
If you have emptied your trash, or if the message just vanished into thin air, there is still a way to get it back as long as you act within the first 7 days of it being deleted. Here’s how:
First, go into your Yahoo inbox and hover over the gear icon, then click settings.
In the settings window, go to the Accounts section. We need to make sure you have POP enabled on your Yahoo email address, so click on your Yahoo email account to view/edit details.
Scroll down until you see the option for POP or Forwarding, and make sure POP is checked (you can only have one of these checked at a time).
Next, go back to the Accounts section and click on “Add another mailbox”. You can add another email address that you will be able to use to check your Yahoo mail. It can be Outlook, Gmail, etc.
Enter in the relevant information, give your other email account permission to sync with Yahoo when prompted, and give your account some time to sync. This is important because we’re going to request a restored copy of your Yahoo mail from, say, 24 hours ago, so if you don’t put the emails you received in the last 24 hours somewhere else, they will be gone forever.
Once your other email has synced with Ymail, you can download your existing messages into the other email account. Then, go back to your Yahoo inbox, go to the gear icon again and click “Help”. When the help popup shows up, click on the link at the bottom that says “Still need help?”
On the Yahoo help page, click the topic “Organize and restore emails”, then choose subtopic “Deleted email messages by mistake” or “Email is unexpectedly lost or missing”. They both will give you the option to “Restore Yahoo Mail” with a backup copy. Click on the “Restore Yahoo Mail” button.
On the help request form, select “Accidentally deleted messages on web Mail”, say when was the last time you saw the message(s) you need enter the captcha code and click “Create Request”. Yahoo will contact you and in most cases will be able to take your account back in time to before the message was lost or deleted so that you can get it back.
How do I set up my Yahoo email signature?
Many people like to add a signature to their email, especially if they use their Yahoo account for work. This is text that will be displayed at the bottom of every email you send in Yahoo automatically, unless you manually delete it.
Here’s how to create an email signature in Yahoo:
Go back to your “Settings” by using the gear icon in your inbox, and go to the “Accounts section” and select your Yahoo email address.
Scroll down until you find the “Signature” section, check the box to “append a signature to the emails you send”, and then use the box to enter the text you want for your signature. You can also use rich text formatting to change the font style, color, etc. Then click “Save”.
There you have it, the 3 most useful and popular tips for using your Yahoo account!
Don’t forget to check out our post, “Security Tips for Yahoo Mail” and stay tuned for another post on tricks that will let you get the most out of your Yahoo account.