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.

What to Do with a Yahoo! Mail Folder That Has Run Its Course?

I 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 my Inbox, and so I can read these emails in one place.

If I unsubscribe from the mailing list, I do not need the filter any more, and neither do I need the (now constantly empty) Yahoo! Mail folder I 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.

Delete 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.
    • You can use the checkbox and, possibly, scrolling to select all messages.
    • 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.
      • 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.
        1. This lets you to 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.
    • See below (under Yahoo! Mail Basic) for another way to delete a folder and all its messages in one step.
  3. Click on the folder in the folder list with the right mouse button.
  4. Select Delete from the menu.

If you accidentally deleted an empty folder:

  1. Click 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:

  1. Open the folder you want to delete in Yahoo! Mail Basic.
  2. Look for and move any messages you want to keep.
  3. Click [Edit] next to My Folders in the folder list.
  4. Click 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. Click OK under Delete Folder.

(Tested with Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Mail Basic in a desktop browser)