Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Save the Text of a Yahoo Mail Message to a File Saving Yahoo Mail messages to a .txt file now requires a workaround 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 January 03, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Yahoo Mail Classic included a feature that saved the contents of an email to a text file on your computer. While the current versions of Yahoo Mail no longer support text exporting, you can use a workaround to store your messages offline. Instructions in this article apply to the web version of Yahoo Mail on a Windows or Mac computer. Save the Text of a Yahoo Mail Message to a File Although you can store and organize emails safely using custom Yahoo Mail folders, you might prefer to save messages on your computer so that you can access them without an internet connection. Because you can't download a plain text copy to a .txt file, you must copy and paste the message. Open the message in Yahoo Mail. Highlight the text of the email, then press Ctrl+C (on Windows) or Command+C (on a Mac) to copy the text. Open a word processing program on your computer (such as Notepad in Windows or TextEdit in macOS) and create a new file. Click inside the text file and press Ctrl+V (on a Windows PC) or Command+V (on a Mac) to paste the copied text. Save the file with a name that reflects the content.