Use Filters to See Only Important Mail in Yahoo Mail

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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." 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.

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.

How to Find Important Yahoo Mail Emails

  1. Open your Yahoo Mail account.
  2. Locate the More view options drop-down menu at the top-right corner of the area where emails are listed - it probably reads Sort by date.
  3. Open that menu and choose an appropriate action:
    1. Date: Newest on top: Choose this to make the newest emails show at the very top of the list.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Attachments: This option is perfect for sorting emails by ones that have attachments. You'll only get file attachment emails at the top of the list, and everything else will be shown below the attachments.
    5. 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.

    Yahoo Mail's Smart Views

    Yahoo Mail also has a dedicated "Important" folder that it uses as part of the "Smart Views" feature. What it does is puts emails it deems as important, into that special filter so that you can easily access those messages. 

    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.

    You can open the important folder by clicking or tapping Important from the left-hand side of Yahoo Mail. This folder is within another called Smart Views, so you might need to expand that folder first.

    Some other Smart Views folders you might find useful include Finance, Shopping, Social, and Travel, which follow the same rule as "Important" emails but for emails regarding shopping, etc.