Search Help

Search for messages in Yahoo Mail

Can't find the messages you're looking for? Quickly get the exact message you need with our advanced search, or use our basic search to find a variety of results.

Searching basics

From the top search bar

  1. Locate the search field at the top of Yahoo Mail.

    Search bar

  2. Enter your search criteria - like a contact's name, part of the subject, or text from the email.
    - Suggestions automatically appear as you type. If you see what you want, click the item to view its content instead of searching further.
  3. Click Search Mail.

All messages matching your search terms appear in the search results.

  Did you know? Searches aren't case-sensitive. Searching for "abc" is the same as searching for "ABC."

Sort your search results

At the top right of your search results:

  1. Click View.
  2. Under "Sort by," select from the following options:
    • Date - Click the arrow to search by oldest or newest date.
    • Attachments - Emails with attachments will appear at the top of your search results.
    • Relevance - The most relevant emails for your search terms appear at the top of your search results.

Use the search shortcut

If you're in a folder with more emails than can be displayed on the screen, you'll see a scroll bar on the right. Start scrolling down your email list and you'll see a search shortcut.

From your Inbox

  1. Click the Search icon Search icon at the bottom right corner of your email list.
    - A search field appears to the right.
  2. Start typing in the search field and you'll automatically be taken to the search bar at the top of your Yahoo Mail account.

From your other folders

  1. Click the Search icon Search icon at the bottom right corner of your email list.
  2. You'll be taken to the Advanced Search options where you can select your search criteria.

See our Advanced searching section below for more info.

Advanced searching

Perform an advanced search

Too many results appearing with a basic search? Narrow them down using "Advanced search" to quickly find the specific message or messages you're looking for.

  1. Enter your search criteria in the search field.
    - A drop-down list appears with "People" and "Recent" search results.
  2. Click Advanced search.

    Advanced search link

  3. Enter your criteria in the following fields:
    • From - Email address or name of a sender.
    • To - Email address or name of an intended recipient, including yourself.
    • Subject - Words or phrases within an email's subject line.
    • Contains - Words or phrases within an email's body.
    • Date - Anytime, Last 7 days, Last 30 days, or a custom date.
    • Folder - Select from Yahoo Mail folders like Inbox and Sent, or from a folder you've made.
    • Type - All, Unread, Starred, or a category like Shopping.
    • Has attachment - Email contains an attachment like a .doc or .pdf file.
    • Has image - Email contains an image.
  4. Click Search Mail.
    - Your search results appear.
  5. Click an email from your search results to view it.

If you have more emails than can be viewed on a page, you'll see "Refine" in the bottom right corner. Just click it to add additional Advanced Search criteria.

Find all the emails and files someone has sent you

Find all of the photos, emails, and documents you've received from someone by searching their name or email address. Learn more in our searching by people help article.

Find emails in a specific folder

Quickly narrow down your search results by searching in a specific folder. Learn how with our searching by folder help article.

Do a one-click search for emails from a specific sender, right from your Inbox. Watch our help video to learn how.

  Our search options are just the beginning. Learn about Yahoo Mail's other features.

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