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How do I compose and send email from Yahoo account?

Compose and send Yahoo email message

This page will walk you through the steps on how to compose and send an email from the Yahoo! Mail service. Written primarily for people who’ve just created a new Yahoo ID and don’t know how to proceed, the screenshots and detailed instructions will delineate the process in simple and easy to understand language.

Note: As a new user you may not be aware that there are two versions of the Yahoo email account – the Mail Classic and the All-new Mail. The latter is way better and this is what I use on this page. If you are on Mail Classic you can quickly change to the new Yahoo mail version.

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Sign in at your Yahoo account

Compose a new email in yahoo - click on the New link and then select Email MessageOpen the Yahoo login page and sign in to your account – mail.yahoo.com. You should now see the Yahoo! Mail “Home” which is like a starter page and has weather information, some advertisements etc. Click on the “New” link close to the top-right (just under the Yahoo logo) and choose “Email Message” – refer image to the left. The new Yahoo interface also offers keyboard shortcuts – hit ‘n’ on the keyboard to accomplish the same!

Immediately a new tab appears for the message you are about to compose. In it will be the online form with blank fields awaiting your inputs.

Compose and send a new email message from your Yahoo account

Here is how you send a quick email message to someone – It’s actually a four step process even though I have five points below! Please refer the image above as you go along.

  1. Enter the email address of the recipient in the “To:” field. All email addresses have the format someone@someplace Double check the address when you’ve keyed it in – there should not be any blank space.
  2. Ignore the “CC:” field for the time being. FYI, CC stands for Carbon Copy and lets you send the same message to others. To know more read how to send email to multiple recipients.
  3. Now come to the “Subject:” line. This is where you enter an email subject which is a one line or phrase describing the contents of the message. For example, “Let’s meet for dinner” will be an apt email subject and the main message can have further details of the rendezvous – time, place etc. The email subject is what is shown in the recipient’s inbox and should convey a clear idea of the message content.
  4. The big blank text is where you type in the main contents of the email. The message can be long or just a few lines. I suggest you stick to the latter if this is your first try – check out the last section on this page to know how to save an email message as a draft.
  5. Click on the “Send” button when you are satisfied. That’s it – the email will be sent to the recipient’s account immediately.

There are loads of ways in which you can embellish the email and these are dealt with in separate articles.

Save email message draft in Yahoo

A situation may arise when you are in the midst of writing a long email and are called away to attend to an urgent matter. There is no need to send an incomplete message because Yahoo lets you save your work and come back to it later. This is the “save as drafts” feature in Yahoo! Mail. Simply click on the “Save Draft” button at the top and a copy of the email will be saved in the “Drafts” folder. In fact, yahoo has a built in save feature which will automatically save the email message from time to time.

Save an email message in the Drafts folder in Yahoo

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