Use Filters to See Only Important Mail in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail important messages first

It's really easy for an email account to become crowded with all sorts of messages that you don't really want to see right now, including things like newsletters, social media updates, messages you've already read, etc.

Fortunately, you can instantly access the emails that Yahoo Mail identifies as important via its star system. Something else you can do is sort messages by certain criteria that might help you find those important messages that you need to see right now without sifting through hundreds of emails. That includes starred mail.

Star an Email

The simplest way to let Yahoo know that a message is important is to manually "star" the email using the star icons next to the subject in your inbox.

  1. Locate the important message in your inbox.

    Yahoo Mail inbox with no messages starred
  2. Select the star icon left of the message's subject, and select it.

    Yahoo Mail star a message
  3. The icon will fill in with orange color, letting you know that it's starred.

How to Find Important Yahoo Mail Emails

For example, maybe you only want to see unread messages and immediately hide all of the emails you've already opened. Or maybe there's this one email with an attachment that you need to find.

  1. Yahoo Mail inbox with starred message
  2. Locate Sort in the upper right of your inbox, and select it.

    Sort Yahoo Mail inbox
  3. Choose a sorting option from the list. Your choices include:

    • Date: Newest on top: Choose this to make the newest emails show at the very top of the list.
    • Date: Oldest on top: If you're looking for really old emails or wanting to delete old messages you no longer open, sort by date so that the old emails are shown first.
    • Unread Messages: This sorting option lets you see all unread messages first, which might include emails you've never opened or ones you've marked as unread.
    • Starred: If you want to see messages you've starred ahead of other emails, choose this option from the drop-down menu. These messages are most likely really important to you given that you've starred them.
  4. After select your sorting method, your inbox will rearrange to list your messages based on the chosen method.

    Yahoo Mail sorted by starred

Yahoo Mail's Starred Category

Yahoo Mail also has a dedicated Starred category. What it does is puts emails it deems as important, into that special filter so that you can easily access those messages. It will also automatically include messages that you've starred.

Important Yahoo Mail messages might be ones that involve people you've emailed more than once or messages from people who are in your contact list.

Yahoo Mail starred category

You can open the Starred category by selecting Starred from the left-hand side of Yahoo Mail. This category is part of the main list, along with your Inbox, Sent, and other top mail categories.