How to Mark a Message Unread in Yahoo! Mail

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Why won't Yahoo mark as unread?

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You can easily mark emails as read manually in Yahoo! Mail. However, if you read an email message in your inbox but it still shows as unread, change a setting. Learn how to mark messages as read or unread manually and find the settings to make changes automatically.

Why Won't Yahoo Mark as Unread?

If you read email messages but they still appear as unread, changing a setting might be the quick and simple solution.

  1. Log in to your Yahoo! Mail account.

  2. Select Settings (the gear icon).

  3. Select More Settings.

    An inbox in Yahoo Mail with the Settings and More Settings buttons highlighted
  4. Select Viewing Email.

    Yahoo Mail settings with the Viewing Email heading highlighted
  5. Select an option in the Mark as read interval section. The options are:

    • Immediately
    • After 2 seconds
    • After 5 seconds
    • Never

    If you select Never, emails remain marked as unread even after you have read them.

    Yahoo Mail settings with the Mark as read interval options highlighted
  6. Return to the inbox.

How to Mark a Message Unread in Yahoo! Mail

If a message is marked as read but you want it to appear as unread, change it manually. There are two ways to do so.

  1. Right-click the email message you want to mark unread and select Mark as Unread.

    Yahoo Mail inbox with the Mark as Unread option highlighted
  2. Select the check box next to the message, select More, then select Mark as Unread.

    Yahoo Mail
  3. To mark multiple email message as unread, select the Select Message drop-down arrow, choose All, then mark the email messages as unread.

    Yahoo Mail inbox with the Unread menu option highlighted
  4. Alternatively, use either method to mark an unread message as read.