How to Sort Messages in Yahoo Mail

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

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. Go to the folder toolbar and select Sort by date.

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

    • Unread Messages: Unread emails appear at the top of the list. Unread and read emails are sorted by date.
    • Attachments: Messages that contain files appear above those that do not. The secondary sort order is by date.
    • Starred: Emails that are marked with a star are displayed at the top of the list. Starred and unscarred emails are sorted in descending order by date.
    • Sender: Messages are sorted by the name (then email address) in the From line.
    • Subject: Messages are sorted emails alphabetically (A-Z) by subject.
  3. Select Group by conversation to use the subject as a secondary sorting criterion. The Sender and Subject options are grayed out if this option is selected.

When sorting by subject, Yahoo Mail disregards Re, Fwd, and similar expressions found 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 drop-down arrow, then 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 want to find a specific email, 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

It's not possible to custom-sort emails within individual folders, however, there are other ways to sort all your messages. Tap Search to display a list of filters that you can use to see the messages you want to see.

Filters for Yahoo Mail on Android