10 Ways to Manage Yahoo! Mail Settings

Tweak your Yahoo! account settings just as you like them

Your Yahoo Mail account is about more than just sending and receiving emails. You can also customize it to meet your needs and even look exactly how you want. If you aren't sure where to start, here are some fun and convenient ways you can adjust your Yahoo Mail settings to get them exactly how you want them.

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Set Your 'From' Name

Change your "From" name in Yahoo Mail

To give your email recipients a head-up about who's sending them messages–or to customize your correspondence with the name of your business–you can change the "From" name of your email. This setting puts the "From" name you select in front of your email address.

You may find this option especially useful if your email address is anything other than your name.

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Create an Email Signature

Signature in Yahoo Mail Settings

One of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize your Yahoo Mail account is to add a signature to the messages you send. Along with providing a custom touch to your messages, it will also save you time.

Creating a standard block of text that Yahoo automatically adds to all of your outgoing messages saves you from having to type it each time. Your signature can include your contact info, website, or any other information you'd like your senders to have. You can also create multiple sign-offs and use them for different types of emails. For example, you can make one for personal emails and another for business.

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Customize the Look of Your Yahoo Mail Interface

Theme color settings in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail includes several settings that help you choose how your inbox looks. Under the Settings menu, you select pre-set themes that let you decide the primary color of the interface. You can also show background images, including a desert and a starry, night sky.

Along with the colors, you can pick out a theme–Light, Medium, or Dark–that sets the overall contrast of the screen. Light sets a white background with black text, while Dark gives you white text on a black background.

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Change the Language of Yahoo Mail

Language preferences in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail has dozens of options for the language you use to interact with it. It pulls the default based on your location, but you can quickly set a different one based on what you prefer.

While you're at it, you can also specify which language Yahoo's spell-checker uses. This option is handy to ensure that the platform uses the right dictionary when it's checking your messages for typos.

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Change Your Default Font

Default rich-text font in Yahoo Mail

Along with the Yahoo Mail interface, you can also change how your emails look. The settings contain dozens of combinations of both font and text size that you can use to make sure the messages you send out look exactly how you want them to.

You can pick sizes ranging from "Tiny" to "Huge." However, you're probably best off picking something between that to make sure your emails are easy for their recipients to read.

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Secure Your Account with Two-Step Authentication

Two-step verification in Yahoo Mail

Turning on two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to keep any account secure. If the option is available, you should always take advantage of it. The extra step of confirming your sign-ins with a code or other authorization via your phone offers even more protection than a strong password by itself.

Yahoo Mail supports two-step authentication using unique, single-use codes. To add even more security to your account, you can bypass your password altogether with a Yahoo Access Key.

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Create a Vacation Reply

Vacation response switch in Yahoo Mail

The usual reason you'd want to set up an auto-reply is if you're going to be away from your email for an extended period of time. Once you create the message and set the time frame you want it to be active, it will send a message back to everyone who emails you giving them the details about where you are and when they can expect a more personalized response.

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Group by Conversation to Declutter Your Inbox

Conversation View in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail includes a feature that will consolidate the individual messages in an email thread to a single line in your inbox. Grouping by conversation is a quick way to make your email easier to read and faster to navigate. You won't have to spend as much time hunting down a single message as long as you know the subject line.

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Add More Accounts to Save Time

Add Mailbox button in Yahoo Mail

Your Yahoo account may not be your first–or only–email address. You may have extra ones for work, personal business, or a side gig. You can add them all to Yahoo to check every inbox you have in the same place. Yahoo will let you include email addresses from AOL, Gmail, Outlook, Microsoft Office, and, of course, other Yahoo accounts.

You can access up to 50 email addresses with a single sign-in to Yahoo. They'll all appear in the upper-left corner of your inbox, where you can switch between them with a single click.

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Create an Email Filter

Filters settings in Yahoo Mail

It's important to keep your inbox organized, and Yahoo Mail has tools to help you out. One of the most useful ones is the filter option, which lets you specify and relocate messages as you receive them. You can set criteria based on sender, subject, or even the contents of the message and send them off to dedicated folders.

One example is if you want to keep all of your newsletters separate. Set a filter that will check incoming messages for the word "newsletter," and you can quickly see when you receive new updates and keep them from crowding the rest of your inbox.