Yahoo! launched a redesigned version of Yahoo Mail two days ago and it caught part of the user base of the service by surprise. While the changes look good on paper for free users, as they do get access to several features that were reserved for premium members previously, not all users are happy with the new interface.
It is possible to change some settings back to - close to - old values, but some features like tabs seem to be gone forever. While it is currently possible to switch back and forth between the new interface and the basic interface in the settings to get tabs back eventually (since Yahoo seems to offer two different basic versions right now, you may need to try multiple times), it is likely that this option will be gone in the near future as well.
One of the benefits of the changes over at Yahoo Mail is official support for Pop3 and Imap connections for free account users of the service. What this means is that you can connect to Yahoo Mail using third party tools like Thunderbird, Outlook, or other mail services that support these protocols.
If you are missing tabs for instance, you may want to consider using Mozilla Thunderbird to access your Yahoo Mails when you are working on your computer, as tabs are supported by the cross-platform program.
Good news is, it is really easy to set up Yahoo Mail in an email client. Let me show you how that is done using Thunderbird.
Note: Setup in other clients may vary a bit, but the values that you need to enter do not really change at all, so that you can use the information provided in this guide to set it up in any email client, desktop, mobile or web.
You need the following information to set up your Yahoo Mail account in an email program:
Pop3 incoming server:
IMAP incoming server:
Outgoing server SMTP:
Thunderbird will test the password one last time after you hit the done button. If everything turns out alright, you should see the new Yahoo Mail account listed in the left sidebar in the email client. Click on Inbox to display all messages. You can open messages in tabs by middle-clicking them, or Shift-left-clicking, or by right-clicking them and selecting to open them in new tabs.
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