How to View Attached Images Instantly in Yahoo! Mail

Want to take a look at your Yahoo attachments? Here's how

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Attached images are great stuff, no doubt about that, but having to download the attachment, start an appropriate application on your computer, and then open the downloaded file in that app is a bit cumbersome just to take a look. That's what you have to do when you use Yahoo! Basic Mail. However, if you use Full-Featured Yahoo, you can view attached images immediately in your incoming email messages without downloading the file. Toggling between the two versions of Yahoo! Mail is simple.

How to View an Image in Yahoo Mail Basic

If you use Yahoo Mail Basic format, images do not show up immediately in an email. Instead, you see a link icon with a Save button under it. Saving the link downloads the file to your computer where you can open an application and view it.

How to View an Image in Full-Featured Yahoo Mail

If you prefer to see a preview of an attached image in the email, you must use the Full-Featured version of Yahoo Mail. Depending on your settings in Full-Featured Yahoo Mail, you may see this warning: This message contains blocked images.

  1. Select Show Images to see the images immediately in the body of the email, or select Always show images to quickly enable showing all images.

    An open email in Yahoo Mail.
  2. To enable through Settings, select Settings in to upper right corner.

    Basic settings in Yahoo Mail.
  3. Select More Settings.

    More settings selected in Yahoo Mail.
  4. On the left panel, select Viewing email.

    Viewing email settings in Yahoo Mail.
  5. Scroll to the bottom on the middle pane to the section Show images in messages.

    Image settings in Yahoo Mail.
  6. Under the section Show images in messages, select Always, except in spam folder.

    Selecting to always show images in Yahoo Mail.
  7. Once selected, Yahoo! Mail will automatically save.

How to Toggle Between Basic and Full-Featured Yahoo Mail

To switch from Basic to Full-Featured Yahoo Mail, click Switch to the newest Yahoo Mail at the top of the Basic Yahoo Mail window.

To switch back to Basic from Full-Featured Yahoo Mail is one simple step. Near the top right of the Yahoo! Mail window, select Switch to the newest Yahoo Mail.

The basic view in Yahoo Mail.