Yahoo Mail introduces Recent View to replace tabs functionality

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 10, 2013
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The relaunch of Yahoo Mail did not go down well with some users of the email service for one reason or the other.  From changes to fonts and line heights over the crippling of Yahoo Mail Pro to the removal of the tabbed browsing feature on the Yahoo Mail website.

Tabs were used by users to keep multiple emails open at the same time, for instance for reference, as a reminder or for other reasons.

With that option gone, it has become more difficult to keep track of multiple emails on Yahoo Mail.

While there are temporary workarounds to enable tabs again using the old mail interface, it is likely that those options will be removed by Yahoo at one point in time.

Yahoo seems to be aware of that though, and if you though that the company would change its course and add tabs again to the email client, you are mistaken.

Instead, the company announced that it will add a recent view feature to Yahoo Mail. What it does? Basically, it adds a Recent link underneath Folders on the left sidebar of the Yahoo Mail interface.

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When you click on it, you see three groups of items that you worked with recently: Drafts, Emails, and Search.

Recent meaning the emails, drafts and searches that you worked with most recently. The recent view information are displayed to you in an overlay on the screen without interfering with other information displayed on it.

To make things easier, you can use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+[ and Ctrl+] on Windows and Linux (replace Ctrl with the Command key on Mac systems) to quickly cycle through items.

While that is great for quickly switching between emails, it appears inferior to a tabbed email solution. The core reason here is that you were in full control of tabs. If you wanted to display your favorite email of all time in a tab, then you could do so regardless of how recent it was.

The recent listing is also limited to the ten most recent items, if you need to work with more than that you are out of luck.

The new recent view feature is being rolled out as we speak. It should be available to all Yahoo Mail users at the end of the next week.

If you are a Yahoo Mail user and want to voice your opinion, check out the Yahoo Mail uservoice forum. The number one requested feature is to bring back tabs to the email service. It has received more than three times the votes than the second most popular item.

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  1. JMGG said on January 19, 2012 at 8:25 am
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    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
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      I think its thunderbird

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am
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      It is Mozilla Thunderbird.

  2. Salaam said on September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm
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    Awesome! This actually solved my problem… what a stupid bug.

  3. Claud said on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 am
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    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
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      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
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      Solved my issue! 6 years later and this is still problem…

    3. Ivan X said on January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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      Fantastic. Thank you. Size did the trick.

  4. Andrew said on October 26, 2013 at 7:06 am
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    This solved my Outlook problem, too. Thank you. :)

  5. Charles said on December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    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
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    You are a god – thank you!

  7. Faisal said on February 9, 2015 at 10:09 am
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    thanks a lot…. work like charm.. :-)

  8. Simon said on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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    Great tip! Thanks!

  14. Tracy said on September 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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    Worked for me, too – thank you!!!

  15. shawn said on September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am
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    It’s Worked for me, too
    thank you very much!

  16. Jari said on October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    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
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    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
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    This problem was faced by only one user logging to TS 2008 r2 using outlook 2010.The issue was resolved.

    Thanks.

  19. Anonymous said on February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    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
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    Thank you, this worked !!!!

  21. anom1234 said on May 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    Man, you are a fucking god. Thanks a lot, what an annoying bug!!

  22. JC said on October 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    Awesome, this post solved the issue. Many thanks!

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