How to Delete a Folder in Yahoo! Mail

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If you no longer need a folder (and the messages in it), you can delete it easily in Yahoo! Mail.

Users like to have Yahoo! Mail filter mail from certain senders (a mailing list, for example) to special folders automatically so they do not interfere with other messages in their Inbox, and so they can read these emails in one place.

If they unsubscribe from a mailing list, they do not need the filter anymore, and neither do they need the Yahoo! Mail folder they have created for the list. Time to delete it!

Fortunately, getting rid of a mailbox is just as easy as adding one in Yahoo! Mail.

Deleting a Folder in Yahoo! Mail

To remove a custom folder from Yahoo! Mail:

  1. Open the folder you want to delete.

  2. Move messages to other folders or delete them until the folder is empty.

  3. You cannot delete a folder that still has messages in it.

Possibly set up your Yahoo! Mail account via IMAP in an email program to quickly move or archive messages.

  1. You can also delete folders using Yahoo! Mail IMAP in any email program, of course, and have them removed from Yahoo! Mail on the web as well as in other email programs connected to the account using IMAP.

    This lets you delete folders including their contents; note, though, that deleted messages may not show up in the Yahoo! Mail Trash folder—though your email program may have moved them to a local deleted items' folder.

  2. Select the folder in the folder list with the right mouse button.

  3. Select Delete from the menu.

If you accidentally deleted an empty folder select undo quickly as it appears at the top of your Yahoo! Mail screen.

Deleting a Folder in Yahoo! Mail Basic

To delete a custom folder from your Yahoo! Mail account using Yahoo! Mail Basic:

  1. Open the folder you want to delete in Yahoo! Mail Basic.

  2. Look for and move any messages you want to keep.

  3. Select Edit next to My Folders in the folder list.

  4. Select Delete next to the folder you want to remove under My Folders.

    ​Note that, in Yahoo! Mail Basic, you need not empty the folder before you delete it; any messages that remained in the folder will be moved to the Trash folder, from which you can recover them, of course, if one was removed accidentally.

  5. Select OK under Delete Folder.