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Yahoo! Mail – Bringing Much Needed Order to the E-mail Universe
As technology improves, life is supposed to get easier and a little less complicated, right? Yet we live in an age when technology changes so fast that it can be a little intimidating and hard to understand. When it comes to sending personal letters like a fancy wedding invitation or a postcard to a close friend, we’ll probably always have some form of “snail mail.” After all, there is something special and quaint about receiving a physical letter in the mailbox.
For anything professional or business-related, though, e-mail is now king. The good news is, there are plenty of free options to choose from. But how are we supposed to know which one is best? Some are so complicated and high-tech that they have dozens of features the average person would never bother to use. Others are sometimes unreliable and constantly changing for no apparent reason.
Fortunately, Yahoo! Mail is one of the most easy-to-use and reliable options, and it’s available all over the world—for free! You read that correctly, you can use Yahoo! Mail to send and receive e-mails to friends, family and more, no matter where you are in the world. In fact, it doesn’t even matter whose computer you’re using. That’s because Yahoo! Mail stores and protects your e-mails on super advanced machines called servers capable of transmitting all the data from your e-mail address to you with lightning speed, so long as you’re connected to the internet.
Creating a Yahoo! Mail account
Setting up a free account on Yahoo! Mail is almost as easy as using it on a daily basis.
First, you’ll need to type http://www.mail.yahoo.com into your website browser address bar (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others will all work just fine). Or, if it’s easier to type your request into a search engine, simply type Yahoo Mail into the search box and then click search.
Once you’ve arrived on the Yahoo! Mail page, you’ll see a box on the right- hand side of your screen where you can either sign into an existing Yahoo! Mail account, or sign up for a new account. Since you’re new, just click on “Sign up for a new account”. After clicking that, you’ll arrive at the next page where you’re asked to provide your name, birthdate, and phone number.
Don’t worry! Yahoo! won’t be calling you at dinner time asking if you’d like to buy a set of encyclopedias or to donate to a political campaign. Your phone number will only be used if you have a problem with your account and need to get in touch with Yahoo! to fix the issue. Your number is kept private and secure.
On that same page, you’ll see two boxes that ask you to choose a new Yahoo! Mail username (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to set the password for your new e-mail account. Keep in mind that Yahoo! Mail is an extremely popular e-mail software used by millions of people everywhere, so many common names have already been taken by others. If you’re unable to reserve your personal name, try adding your lucky number or your birth year to the end. You may have to try several combinations of your name or nickname before finding one that’s available. Even if you have to choose a username that is completely different than your actual name, have no fear! When people receive an e-mail from you, they’ll see your first and last name in addition to your username, so there shouldn’t be any confusion.
When choosing your password, Yahoo! Mail wants to make sure you choose something that’s unique so that no one other than you will ever guess it and improperly gain access to your e-mail account. Don’t be afraid to get creative and even use special characters or numbers, just be sure to write down your password for safekeeping until it’s memorized.
Once you’re finished filling in those boxes and have a unique username and acceptable password selected, go ahead and click “Create Account”.
Did you use your mobile phone number or a landline? Both will work, but at this point in the process, Yahoo! Mail will ask permission to either send you a verification code via text message (if you used your mobile phone) or have a computer call you with the verification code (if you used a landline). Yahoo! does this to make sure you’re a real person and not some highly intelligent robot or alien life form trying to create bogus e-mail accounts for fun. Apparently, neither highly intelligent robots nor aliens can receive phone calls and text messages, but humans can!
Once you’ve received your verification code, go ahead and type it into the box provided and click to enter your new e-mail inbox.
Ta-da! You should now be looking at your new Yahoo! Mail inbox. By now, you’ve probably received a couple welcome e-mails from the good folks at Yahoo! thanking you for joining and providing you with a few tips and tricks for how to use your new e-mail account. Feel free to poke around and see what types of things they offer.
Before doing that, though, let’s get our bearings straight and make sure we know where everything we’ll be most often using is located.
First, take a look at the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. Starting at the top, you can click “Compose” to start writing your first e-mail. Just below that, you’ll see your “Inbox” folder, which will contain all the e-mails you’ve received. Your “Drafts” folder contains e-mails you’ve started to write but haven’t finished so that you can finish and send later. To see e-mails you’ve sent, you can click on the “Sent” folder. You may have heard of “Spam” before—that folder is there to catch any e-mails designed to annoy you, ask you for money, or otherwise waste your time. Yahoo! Mail has smart filters built into your e-mail account that can detect things like that, but occasionally it will make a mistake and put something there that you actually did want to see. It’s good e-mail practice to occasionally check your Spam folder and make sure nothing important wound up in there accidentally.
That’s it! You’re officially a trained expert in the fine art of e-mailing with Yahoo! Mail. But that’s not all there is to enjoy with Yahoo! Mail, so if you’d like to maximize your e-mail benefits, here are a three quick tips and tricks to get you started.
Customizing your Yahoo! Mail Account: Tips and Tricks
1. Add a little life to your e-mail account
Yahoo! Mail does a great job of making your account look clean, orderly, and simple without too many distractions. But we can still maintain those qualities while adding a little personal touch. Look for the purple gear icon on the top right-hand corner of your screen. Click or simply hover over it with your cursor and select “Themes”. You can choose from a variety of pictures and color schemes, and then simply click “Done”. Voila, your e-mail has been instantly beautified.
2. A notebook that follows you everywhere
E-mails that follow you all over the world and allow you to access them whenever you have internet access is great, but what about a note-to-self for a new business idea or simply to write something down that you might otherwise forget? Looking at the menu on the left-hand side of your screen again, just above Compose, you’ll see six small icons. Click the one that looks like a sheet of notebook paper to access your notebooks. Once there, you can click “New Note” and write down anything you need to remember. It’ll be there waiting for you when you need it.
3. Breaking news
In the same place you found your new Notebook feature, you’ll see another icon that looks like a newspaper. When you click it, you’ll see a list of current headlines. By selecting different tabs for Sports, Finance, Entertainment, and more, you can choose what type of news you’d like to see—kind of like selecting a section in the newspaper!