Save the Text of a Message to a File in Yahoo Mail

This Once-Popular Feature Now Requires a Workaround

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Yahoo Mail Classic was the popular version of Yahoo Mail through mid-2013. With it, you could save the contents of an email to a text file on your computer. The current versions of Yahoo Mail, whether full-featured or basic, no longer include that option.

It isn't possible to downgrade to Yahoo Mail Classic version from current versions, although users can opt to use the basic version, which contains many of the simplified features of Classic — just not the text exporting feature.

Note: Saving message text is no longer available in Yahoo Mail Classic, but the workaround is familiar to most computer users.

Save the Text of a Message to a File in Yahoo Mail

You can store your email safely at Yahoo Mail in custom folders to keep everything organized, but what if you prefer to have the content on your computer and in a format that is as simple as possible? Because you can no longer download a plain text copy of an email in Yahoo Mail to a .txt file, you'll need to resort to copy and paste:

  1. Open the message in Yahoo Mail.
  2. Select the text of the email with your cursor and use the Ctrl + C (PC) or Command + C (Mac) keyboard shortcut to copy the text. 
  3. Open a simple word processing program on your computer such as Notepad in Windows or TextEdit in macOS.
  4. Open a new file in the word processing file.
  5. Position your cursor in the new file and press Ctrl + V (PC) or Command + V (Mac) to paste the copied text into the new file. 
  6. Save the file with a name that reflects the content.