How to Send Emails Using Rich Formatting With Yahoo Mail

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With Yahoo Mail, you cannot only send plain text emails or messages containing attachments. You can also send richly formatted emails with stationery, custom fonts, images and graphic smileys.

Send Emails Using Rich Formatting Using Yahoo Mail

Only full-featured Yahoo Mail allows you to add rich formatting to your outgoing emails. If you are using Yahoo Mail Basic, you'll need to toggle to the full-featured mode.

To add formatting to an email you compose in Yahoo Mail:

  1. Open a new compose screen by clicking Compose at the top of the Yahoo Mail sidebar.
  2. Enter the recipient's name or email address and the subject line. Optionally, begin typing the text in the email.
  3. Look at the row of icons at the bottom of the email screen, next to the Send button.
  4. Hover your cursor over each icon to see which features it offers.

Each icon offers a different feature you can incorporate into your email:

  • Click the paperclip icon to insert an animated gif, share files from your computer or from a cloud provider, or insert photos from recent emails.
  • Click the card with a heart icon to see large-form, full-color stationery and graphic thumbnails. Click any of them to see how they appear in your email.
  • Select the Tt icon to change the font and font size of the text in the email. Highlight the text you want to change before making your font selections.
  • Buttons, B and I add bold or italic formatting to selected text.
  • Use the button with the A on it to change the color of the highlighted text or to apply a highlight effect to it. 
  • The next three icons allow you to insert bulleted or numbered lists and indents and to change the alignment of the text to centered or flushed right. 
  • Click the chain link to enter a web link.
  • Check out the emoticons in the smiley face icon.

How to Toggle to Full-Featured Yahoo Mail From Basic Mail

If you are using Basic Yahoo Mail, you can easily toggle to the full-featured version where you can use rich formatting:

  1. Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the email screen.
  2. Click Settings in the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Mail Version section of the screen that appears, click the radio button next to Basic.
  4. Click the Save button.