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.
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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