How to Sort Messages in Yahoo Mail

Organize your messages in the web and mobile versions of Yahoo Mail

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By default, Yahoo Mail displays the messages in your mailbox sorted by date. However, it's also possible to view your messages sorted by sender, subject, or other criteria.

Information in this article applies to the web versions of Yahoo Mail as well as the Yahoo Mail app for iOS and Android.

How to Sort Messages in Yahoo Mail

  1. Select Sort by date in the folder's toolbar.

    Date: Newest on Top options for email sorting
  2. Select the desired sort order from the options that appear:

    • Unread Messages will put unread emails on top. Unread and read emails will each be sorted by date.
    • Attachments put messages that contain files above those that do not. The secondary sort order again is by date.
    • Starred has emails you marked with a star on top. Starred and unscarred emails are sorted descending by date.
    • Sender sorts by name (then email address) in the From: line.
    • Subject will sort emails alphabetically (A-Z) by subject.
  3. Select Group by conversation to use the subject as a secondary sorting criteria. The Sender and Subject options will be grayed out if this option is selected.

When sorting by subject, Yahoo Mail will disregard "Re:", "Fwd:" and similar expressions at the beginning of message subject lines.

Sort Messages in Yahoo Mail Basic

To sort emails in Yahoo Mail Basic:

  1. Select the Sort By field and choose your desired sort criteria. It is set to Date by default.

    Sort by: Date menu in Yahoo Mail
  2. Choose Ascending Order for A-Z sorting, or choose Descending Order for Z-A sorting.

    Ascending Order
  3. Select Apply.

How to Find a Specific Message in Yahoo Mail

If you are looking for a specific email, you can also search for messages using a number of criteria, or have Yahoo Mail find all messages from a specific sender.

How to Sort Messages in the Yahoo Mail App

While you can't custom-sort emails within individual folders, you can sort all of your messages in a few ways. Tap the search bar to bring up a list of filters that you can use to see the messages you want to see.

Filters for Yahoo Mail on Android