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Searching Basics

Yahoo! Mail includes a number of ways to help you find the message you need.

  • Restrict a folder view to show you all messages, unread messages, or flagged messages.

  • Search for messages. When the above don’t pop that elusive message to the top, use Yahoo! Mail’s thorough search feature. This tutorial shows you how by getting you started with a basic search.


Here’s How

  1. Go to the Mail home page, your Inbox, or any mail folder in Yahoo! Mail Classic.

    You’ll find the Mail Search feature near the center top of the page.

    You’ll find the Search feature near the center top of the page.

  2. In the text box, type any part of the message(s) you want to find, then click the Mail Search button.

    Type the text you want to find, then click the Mail Search button.


    You can type the beginning of any word or phrase. It isn’t necessary to type the entire, exact text. For example, you can type "rob" to find messages that include "rob", "robin", "robbie", or "".

    The text you search for can even be the name of attached file or photo or something that’s in the content of an attached file, such as a Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, PDF, or any other file type.

    Yahoo! Mail searches all parts of the email messages in all of your folders (except Trash and Spam), including all senders, recipients (To and CC), subjects, message bodies, attachment names, and most attachment contents. Then it displays your search results in the Message View.

    Tip: You can search the Trash folder from the Advanced Search page.

    An example of search results

    The Message View shows you who sent the message (Sender), what the message is about (Subject), the date it was sent (Date), and the folder the message is in (Folder). Each result also includes a few lines of text from the message body—known as a snippet—with the search text highlighted in bold.

    An example of highlighted search text

  3. You can work with messages in the following ways:

    • Handle them just as you would in a folder view. You can:

      • Sort the results by clicking a column title.

      • Read a message by clicking the subject text.

      • Flag or unflag a message by clicking the flag column to the left of the message.

      • Select multiple messages and delete them, move them to other folders, and mark them in various ways.

    • Hide or show snippets by clicking the Hide snippets or Show snippets link found at the bottom of the page. One replaces the other after the feature is clicked.

      Click the Hide snippets or Show snippets link.

      The results compress to show senders and subjects, but no message text.

      Search results with snippets hidden.

    • Hold the cursor over the attachment icon to view additional information about the attachment.

      Hold the cursor over the attachment icon to view information about the attachment.

      In this information box, you can:

      • Click View Attachments to display the Attachments section of the message

      • Click the attachment icon, file name, or Save to computer to begin downloading the attachment. If the attachment is an image, you’ll also see a full-size version of the image.


What’s Next

You can also view the search results using the Photo View and the Attachment View features. You can refine your search results and perform an advanced search.


Words to Know

  • Attachment: a separate file included as part of an email message; for example, a multimedia or document file.
  • Folder: a container that holds individual elements specific to the context; for example, email messages in Yahoo! Mail.
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