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Using Disposable Addresses

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Receiving Messages Using Disposable Addresses

Once you share disposable addresses with people or businesses, you can expect to get messages sent to those addresses instead of your "real" Yahoo! Mail address. When you open an email message, you’ll see which address the sender used on the message’s To: line.

Example of an email message addressed to a disposable address.

If you want to see which of your email addresses senders use without opening individual messages, you can set up your mail folders to show recipient information, including disposable addresses.

 

Here’s How

  1. Select More Options from the Options menu.

    Select More Options from the Options menu.

    The General options page appears.

  2. On the right side of the page, select Show a "To" column in my Inbox & other folders.

    Turning on the display of the To column in mail folders.

    A new column now appears in your Inbox and other mail folders, showing which of your email addresses received each message.

  3. Click the Save Changes button.

    Click the Save Changes button.

  4. Click the Back to Mail button to return to Yahoo! Mail.

    Click the Back to Mail button.

    A new column now appears in your mail folders showing which of your email addresses received each message.

    Recipient addresses display in your mailbox.

    Tip: When the display of the (To) recipient column is turned on, this column appears in all your received mail folders except the Spam folder.

  5. To hide recipient addresses again, repeat steps 1-4, this time selecting Don’t show a "To" column.

    Turning off the display of the To column.

 

What’s Next

In addition to using disposable addresses for messages your receive, you can also send messages using disposable addresses.

 
 
 

Words to Know

  • Base name: the first part of your disposable address, which is common to all the disposable addresses you create.
  • Disposable email address: a customised email address that you create to protect your regular Yahoo! Mail address.
  • Filter: a rule that Yahoo! Mail uses to direct an incoming message to a particular folder.
  • Folder: a container that holds individual elements specific to the context; for example, email messages in Yahoo! Mail.
  • Spam folder: a permanent folder that SpamGuard uses to hold messages it considers spam.
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