Yahoo Mail gets Dropbox integration starting today

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 2, 2013
Updated • Apr 5, 2013

Both Google with its Google Mail service and Microsoft with its Outloook / Hotmail email service are providing their users with options to upload email attachments to the cloud instead of attaching them directly to emails sent from the websites of those services. The main advantage here is that there is no chance that emails will bounce because of reaching an artificial attachment limit set by the receiving email provider.

Yahoo Mail up until now did not offer this feature. Today Yahoo announced a new cooperation with the cloud hosting provider Dropbox that integrates the hosting service into Yahoo Mail.

Three core options are added to Yahoo Mail as part of the partnership between the two companies:

  • Yahoo Mail users can save any attachment that they have received to their Dropbox account.
  • It is now possible to share any file hosted on Dropbox via the new Share from Dropbox feature.
  • You can furthermore drag and drop any attachment larger than 25 Megabytes into the email and have it automatically added to Dropbox.

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The feature is being rolled out today for Yahoo Mail users who use the English, French, German, Italian or Spanish interface of the email provider. It is likely that support for additional languages will be introduced in the near future.

First time users need to link their Dropbox account to their Yahoo account. This can be done in several ways, for instance by selecting an attachment in an email, then Save to All and finally Save to Dropbox from the menu. This opens a sign up form that new Dropbox users can use to sign up to the service. Existing users can switch to Sign in to enter their Dropbox credentials and get started.

There are likely other ways to link the Dropbox account to the Yahoo Mail account, but since the feature is not live yet, there is no way of telling what they may be. I update the article once I can test it on Yahoo Mail.

A cooperation with Dropbox is certainly a move in the right direction, considering that Yahoo Mail was trailing behind other email providers in this regard. Considering that Yahoo does not have its own cloud hosting service that is available to the general public, it is even possible that we may see a much larger cooperation between the two partners in the near future.


The feature is now enabled in my Yahoo Mail account. Yahoo has added a small arrow icon to the attachment icon that you can click on to display a small context menu. Here you can select the share from Dropbox option to attach a link to a Dropbox file or files on Dropbox. You need to link the Yahoo Mail account to Dropbox the first time you do so, and then sign in to your Dropbox account to complete the process.

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A new folder is created on Dropbox named Yahoo Mail that is used to store the email attachments. You can not only use Dropbox as a file host for attachments that you want your contacts to access, but also to save attachments that you have received. Just select the save option or save all to option and select Dropbox to save the files to the online storage provider.


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  1. JMGG said on January 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    You said that Outlook isn’t your main email client, so which is your main one?

    1. BalaC said on January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I think its thunderbird

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

      It is Mozilla Thunderbird.

  2. Salaam said on September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Awesome! This actually solved my problem… what a stupid bug.

  3. Claud said on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    If this is the same bug that I’ve encountered, there may be another fix: (1) hover over open Outlook item in Taskbar, cursor up to hover over Outlook window item, and right-click; (2) this should give you Restore / Move / Size / Minimize / Maximize — choose Move or Size; (3) use your cursor keys, going arbitrarily N/S/E/W, to try to move or size the Outlook window back into view. Basically, the app behaves as though it were open in a 0x0 window, or at a location that’s offscreen, and this will frequently work to resize and/or move the window. Don’t forget to close while resized/moved, so that Outlook remembers the size/position for next time.

    1. Lynda said on February 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      THANK YOU Claude!!! I could get the main window to launch but could not get any other message window to show on the desktop. You are my hero!!!!

    2. Chad said on November 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Solved my issue! 6 years later and this is still problem…

    3. Ivan X said on January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Fantastic. Thank you. Size did the trick.

  4. Andrew said on October 26, 2013 at 7:06 am

    This solved my Outlook problem, too. Thank you. :)

  5. Charles said on December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much, this started happening to me today and was causing big problems. You are a life saver, I hope I can help you in some way some day.

  6. garth said on November 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You are a god – thank you!

  7. Faisal said on February 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    thanks a lot…. work like charm.. :-)

  8. Simon said on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Yah…thanks Claude. I’ve been having the same problem and tried all the suggestions…your solution was the answer. It had resized itself to a 0/0 box. Cheers

  9. Olu said on April 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Excellent post. This had me baffled even trying to accurately describe the problem. This fixed it for me.
    Thank you

  10. Coenig said on July 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Thanks a lot for the article. Don’t know why it happenend, don’t know how it got fixed, but it was really annoying and now it works :-)

  11. Fali said on January 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks a lot. I was facing this issue from past 3 week. I tried everything but no resolution. The issue was happening intermittently and mainly when I was changing the display of screen ( as i use 2 monitors). The only option i had was to do system restore. But thanks to you.

    1. MIki said on January 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

      I’ve been tried to sole this problem for 12hours. Your comment about changing the display of screen helped me a lot!! Thanks!!

  12. Christina said on January 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you…don’t know why this happened but your instructions helped me fix it. Running Windows 10 and office pro 2007

  13. Oz said on July 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Great tip! Thanks!

  14. Tracy said on September 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Worked for me, too – thank you!!!

  15. shawn said on September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It’s Worked for me, too
    thank you very much!

  16. Jari said on October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I had a similar issue with Outlook 2013 on Windows 10 and this helped me to fix it. Thank you very much!

  17. Michel H said on November 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you so much. Solved!
    Considering you published this in 2012, incredible not been debugged by Microsoft.
    Thank you again. M

  18. Ziad Bitar said on January 9, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This problem was faced by only one user logging to TS 2008 r2 using outlook 2010.The issue was resolved.


  19. Anonymous said on February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Great tip. Thank you!!!! If it helps, I had to use the Control Key and the arrow keys at the same time to bring my window back into view. Worked like a charm.

  20. Rochelle said on March 6, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Thank you, this worked !!!!

  21. anom1234 said on May 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Man, you are a fucking god. Thanks a lot, what an annoying bug!!

  22. JC said on October 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Awesome, this post solved the issue. Many thanks!

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