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

Yahoo Mail Classic included a feature that could save 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 still use a workaround to store your messages offline.

Instructions in this article apply to using 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 have messages saved on your computer so that you can access them without an internet connection. Because you can no longer download a plain text copy to a .txt file, you must resort to copy and paste:

  1. Open the message in Yahoo Mail.

  2. Highlight the text of the email with your cursor, and then use the Ctrl + C (PC) or Command + C (Mac) keyboard shortcut to copy the text.

    Highlight the text of the email with your cursor, and then use the Ctrl + C (PC) or Command + C (Mac) keyboard shortcut to copy the text.
  3. Open a word processing program on your computer such as Notepad in Windows or TextEdit in macOS and create a new file.

    Open a word processing program on your computer such as Notepad in Windows or TextEdit in macOS and create a new file.
  4. Click inside the text file and press Ctrl + V (PC) or Command + V (Mac) to paste the copied text.

    Click inside the text file and press Ctrl + V (PC) or Command + V (Mac) to paste the copied text.
  5. Save the file with a name that reflects the content.