Search for messages in Yahoo Mail

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

Searching basics

+Perform a search

  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 are not case-sensitive. Searching for "abc" is the same as searching for "ABC."

+Refine your results

  1. At the top right of your search results, click Refine to access the "Refine by" options.
  2. Click Show More under the following refinement options' columns to see its complete list.
    • Sender - Filter by who sent the email.
    • Attachments - Filter by attachment type.
    • Folder - Filter which folder the email is saved in.
    • Date - Filter by year.
    • Status - Filter by unread, replied, forwarded, or starred.
  3. Click on any item under a column to see results matching its criteria.

  Narrow your results: Repeat the above steps to refine your search results even further.

+Delete refinement criteria from search results

Once you've started refining your search criteria, you can removed the "Refined by" selections.

  1. At the top right of your search results, click Refine.
    - Your previously selected "Refined by" criteria appears.
  2. Click the X next to any item you want to remove.
  3. Repeat the above steps to remove additional criteria.


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(s) 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 .pdf file.
    • Has image - Email contains an image.
  4. Click Search Mail.
  5. Your search results appear and can be refined.
    - See Refine your results in this help article.
  6. Click an email from your search results to view it.

+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.


Do a one-click search for emails from a specific sender, right from your Inbox. Our help video shows you how!

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