It has been a troublesome 12 months for Yahoo Mail. Late final 12 months, the service had an outage affecting round 1 p.c of its customers, however it lasted a number of days and was unhealthy sufficient that CEO Marissa Mayer needed to make a public apology.
A month later, hackers hit the service exhausting, forcing the corporate to reset lots of consumer passwords. Dangerous adverts with malware contaminated customers. It even needed to shut down the China model of Yahoo Mail, and that is lots of prospects. Plus, many prospects are within the throes of one other outage at press time, resulting from a severed undersea cable.
Perhaps worse—for the customers, not for Yahoo—is the elimination of Yahoo Mail Plus, the place you possibly can pay $19.99 per 12 months to eliminate adverts on the service. Now it is known as Yahoo Advert Free Mail—and it is $49.99 a 12 months (should you have been already a Mail Plus subscriber, you are grandfathered in, so maintain paying the lower cost). And, it misplaced its Editors’ Selection ranking from PCMag (that title now belongs to Microsoft’s Outlook.com, previously often called Hotmail).
However do not weep a lot for Yahoo. It is nonetheless the No. 2 on-line property general, with 217 million distinctive guests simply on desktop computer systems alone in October 2014—only a hair behind Google’s collective 236 million. Reportedly over 100 million individuals use Yahoo Mail each single day—that is second solely to Google’s Gmail. Which means it is time to take a better take a look at Yahoo Mail and see what tweaks and methods are beneath the floor, ready for use. Hit the slideshow for our fast assortment of the 11 greatest Yahoo Mail suggestions.
1. Tackle the Boss Mode
On the desktop browser, within the decrease left nook of the Yahoo Mail display screen, sits a small icon that appears like a mountain in a field. You do not have to even click on it, simply hover the cursor over it to enter the Yahoo Mail boss mode. (Or, simply faucet the Esc key as soon as.)The aim is two-fold: to immediately cover what you are studying from prying eyes, like these of your boss, and to entry absolutely the quickest and greatest solution to change the theme to your Yahoo Mail, giving it a completely new look (see the subsequent slide).
2. Use Photographs for Backgrounds
In maintaining with the Jones’—or by going again to what it used to supply, at the least—Yahoo once more has themes you may change, together with image-based backgrounds. You may solely select from a number of photos, handpicked by Yahoo from its Flickr affiliate (Gmail permits you to use any picture you need). However Yahoo does job of fuzzing out that background once you’re on a display screen that requires consideration, like a compose e mail window. The pictures can be chosen within the iOS and Android apps, however they do not sync between units.
4. Go Journal Fashion on Tablets
On the backside of your message on a landscape-oriented pill, you will see a double arrow icon—the sort that normally signifies a full-screen mode. What that does within the Yahoo Mail app is go into “journal type” for message studying, so you may swipe left or proper to learn new or previous messages.
5. Fast Actions for Cellular
On the smartphone, the Yahoo Mail app has a fast motion set of instruments. Simply swipe a message (left or proper, it does not matter) to get a set of icons that rapidly allow you to set an message to unread, transfer it to a folder, mark as essential, ship it to spam, or delete it.
6. Ahead All Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail helps POP and IMAP entry by way of third-party e mail shoppers like Thunderbird, however what should you simply need all of your incoming mail to get forwarded to a different account? Straightforward. Go into the settings (click on the gear icon on the higher proper of your desktop in Yahoo Mail), click on Accounts, then the Edit button. Click on the radio button on Ahead, and enter the e-mail the place you need messages to finish up. You additionally get the choices to Retailer and Ahead (which retains messages on Yahoo Mail even when forwarded), to Ahead Solely, or Retailer and Ahead and Mark as Learn—so you do not have to cope with these messages once more once you go to Yahoo Mail.
8. Fast Search by Sender
Once you view a listing of messages, you will see a magnifying glass icon once you move the cursor over a message. Click on it, and you will get a fast view of all of the messages despatched by that sender.
9. SMS by way of Yahoo Mail
10. Make Notes in Mail
You solely get this feature on the desktop Internet model of Yahoo Mail, not the apps. However click on the little pocket book icon tab, and also you get a low-rent model of OneNote or Evernote, the place you may create notebooks, to fill with all of the notes you want.
11. Shield Mail with 2FA
It’s going to defend not simply your mail, however all of your Yahoo account providers. Apps that do not assist second-sign in verification—just like the cell Yahoo Mail apps!—get “app passwords.” You set that up in the identical place. It is a ache—however getting hacked is a much bigger ache.