Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Delete a Folder in Yahoo! Mail Keep your inbox orderly by removing unused folders by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on March 24, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Some users like to have Yahoo! Mail filter mail from certain senders (such as a mailing list) to special folders automatically so that they can read those emails in one place. If they unsubscribe from a mailing list, they no longer need the filter, and they don't need the Yahoo! Mail folder they created for the list. Fortunately, you can easily delete Yahoo! Mail folders you no longer need. How to Delete a Yahoo! Mail Folder Yahoo Mail won't let you delete folders that aren't empty, so you must first delete or move any emails out of the folder. To remove a custom folder from Yahoo! Mail: Open the folder you want to delete. Click the Select All box at the top of the inbox to highlight every message in the folder. Go to the main toolbar and select Delete, Move, or Archive to empty the folder. Set up your Yahoo! Mail account via IMAP in an email program to quickly move or archive messages. When the folder is empty, select the dropdown arrow next to the folder name. Choose Delete folder. Delete Folders Using Yahoo! Mail IMAP You can also delete folders using Yahoo! Mail IMAP and have them removed from Yahoo! Mail on the web as well as in other email programs connected to the account via IMAP. When using Yahoo! Mail IMAP, deleted messages may not show up in the Yahoo! Mail Trash folder. Your email program may have moved them to a local deleted items folder. To delete folders using Yahoo! Mail IMAP: Right-click the folder you want to delete. Select Delete from the menu. If you accidentally delete an empty folder and want to recover it, select Undo quickly as it appears at the top of your Yahoo! Mail screen. Delete a Folder in Yahoo! Mail Basic To delete a custom folder from your Yahoo! Mail account using Yahoo! Mail Basic: Open the folder you want to delete in Yahoo! Mail Basic. Move any messages you want to keep. In the folder list, select Edit next to My Folders. Under My Folders, select Delete next to the folder you want to remove. In Yahoo! Mail Basic, you don't have to empty the folder before you delete it. Messages in the folder are moved to the Trash folder. You can recover them later. Under Delete Folder, select OK.