How to Set Up a Filter In Yahoo! Mail – Step-By-Step Guide


Do you freak out by seeing your inbox? Are you among those who receive a large number of mails? Does it take half of your working time to organize your emails? If yes, then you surely need to use the ‘filters’ option by Yahoo! Mail.

The second most used emailing service offers this convenient option to manage email messages easily. Filters allow managing incoming emails automatically based on pre-defined criteria (which will be set by you.)  Let’s see how you can create filters and manage your emails even before you see them.

8 Steps To Set Up a Filter In Yahoo! Mail

  1. Open your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer) and type in the address bar.
  2. Click on the ‘Sign in’ button at the top right corner. You will be redirected to the sign-in page (shown in the next step.)


  1. Log into your account with your valid email id and password.


  1. In your mailbox, at the top right corner, find the gear icon (see the red arrow in the figure below.) Hover your mouse over the icon and select ‘Settings.’


  1. In the page that follows, select ‘Filters’ option from the left side panel.


  1. Click on the ‘Add’ button in the right-side panel to add a filter (see the picture below.)


  1. ‘Add a new filter’ window will appear; give a suitable name (WorkEmails in the image below) to the filter. Set the required conditions by choosing from ‘contains’, ‘does not contain’, ‘begins with’, ‘ends with’ filters.


  1. Let’s see some examples of setting filters:
  • Suppose you want the emails from a particular email id to go to a particular folder. Then in the ‘From’ field select ‘contains’ and type that email id in the text field.
  • Let’s have one more example: In this scenario, you want all the emails with the ‘application’ word in the subject to move to a different folder. So in the ‘Subject’ field, select ‘contains’ and write the word ‘application’ in the box next to it.
  • Make sure that the ‘match case’ box is unchecked.
  1. Select the move to the folder from the dropdown. You need to create folders before applying filters if you want separate folders. Click ‘Save.’
  1. You will be back on the ‘Settings’ window. The filter you have just created (WorkEmails) will be visible on the right side (you can edit or remove it through the respective buttons after selecting the filter.)


  1. Click ‘Save’ again to complete the process.

Please note that filters cannot be created in Yahoo! Mail’s basic (classic) version. However, you can use them in the basic version. So, you need to switch to the new version, create a filter and then use them in both versions.

How to Add Yahoo Spam Filters?

While there are numerous useful features offered by Yahoo Mail, among them, one of the most useful ones is the option to create a filter to sort emails. With Yahoo Mail filter, you can easily organize your incoming emails and configure which email to keep in your folder and which one to dump in the Trash. If you are looking to add a Yahoo Spam filter, you can do so easily by following the information provided below.

Adding Yahoo Spam Filter

Spam emails are among the most frustrating things you would find in your email service. Thanks to Yahoo Mail filters that you can easily get rid of such unwanted emails. To know how to create, edit, sort, and delete filters in your Yahoo Mail account, follow these steps.

To Create Spam Filters

  • In your Yahoo Mail account, you will first need to the Settings section. You can find the settings section by clicking on the Settings option (Gear icon) located near the top-right corner of the screen.
  • From the menu that appears by clicking on the Settings option, you will need to select the More Settings
  • In the More Settings option, you will need to click on the Filters
  • Once you are in the Filters section, click on the Add new filters
  • In the prompted fields, enter a suitable name for the filter, configure the filter rules, and select or create a folder for the spam emails.
  • Once you are done, simply click on the Save A Spam filter will be created in your Yahoo Mail account and future spam emails will be filtered through this Spam filter (according to configured rules).

To Edit Filters

  • In your Yahoo Mail account, click on the Settings option (Gear icon) located on the top-right corner of the screen. Then from the expanded menu, you will need to click on the More Settings
  • Once you are in the More settings section, click on the Filters option located on the left-hand side panel.
  • In the Filters section, you will see the list of filters configured by you.
  • From the given list, you will need to select the filter that you want to edit.
  • Then, in the prompted edit window, you can edit the name, rules, and folder for the selected filter.
  • Once you are done making the changes, simply click on the Save

To Sort Filter Order

The filter you configured in your Yahoo Mail account effect the incoming emails according to the order they are in. Considering this factor, you should be aware of the following:

  • Yahoo Mail Filters are prioritized from top to down.
  • In case there are two filters applicable to the same email, the top filter will be effective.
  • You can move filters by first selecting the desired filter and then click on the UP or DOWN arrow located next to the Add new filters

To Delete Filters

  • Sign in to your Yahoo Mail account and click on the Settings option (Gear icon) locate near the top-right corner of the window. From the menu that expands below the Settings option, you will need to click on the More settings
  • In the More Settings section, select Filters option from the left-hand side panel. You will see the list of Filters on the right-hand side.
  • From the list, you will need to select the filter you wish to delete.
  • Once you select the filter you wish to remove from the list, simply click the Delete option (Trash icon) located next to Add new filters
  • The selected filter will be deleted from your Yahoo Mail account.

So, these are the steps that you will need to follow to add Yahoo Spam filters.

Still, have any doubts? Contact Yahoo support services for complete assistance.

7 Tips to Become a Yahoo! Mail Pro


Yahoo! is the 2nd most popular email service after Google’s Gmail. Millions of users access Yahoo! Mail every day across the globe. So, here is a post compiling 7 most useful tips for these users and also for the new members to become a Yahoo! Mail Pro.

7 Steps To Become Yahoo Mail Pro

Let’s learn.

  1. Set up Yahoo! Mail Signature

  • Take the cursor over the gear icon on the top right corner of your inbox.
  • Click on ‘Settings’ in the drop-down.
  • Select ‘Accounts’ and tick the option ‘Append a signature to the emails you send’ under ‘Signature’ heading.
  • Type your desired signature in the text box and click ’Save.’
  1. Create a Group E-mailing List

Creating an emailing list will allow you to send a single message to a number of recipients without typing everyone’s email id. Isn’t it a time-saving feature?

  • Click the ‘Contacts’ icon in the top left navigation bar.
  • Select ‘New List’ from the left navigation bar.
  • Enter the desired name you want to assign for the list. Press ‘Enter.’ Just drag and drop the members’ email ids in the list.

This feature is not available in the basic version.

  1. Check Message Spellings

Spelling mistakes in emails cause embarrassment. Correct them with the Yahoo spell checker.

  • After writing the message, click ‘ABC’ on the message formatting bar.
  • Right-click on the words that are underlined red for word suggestions. Select the correct spelling. You can also correct the spelling yourself when you spot the error.
  1. Block a Sender

  • Take the mouse over the gear icon and select ‘Settings’ from the menu.
  • Go to the ‘Blocked Addresses’ category in the left side panel.
  • In the ‘Add an address’ field, type the email address you want to block.
  • Click ‘Block’ and ‘Save.’
  1. Set up Auto Reply

This feature is useful when you are on a vacation or working on some important projects and can’t reply to your emails.

  • Take the mouse over the gear icon at the top right corner.
  • From the left panel, select ‘Holiday Response.’
  • Tick the ‘Enable automatic responses during these dates (inclusive)’ and select the dates. Type the auto-reply message. You can click on the ‘Send sample copy to me’ button to see how the message will look.
  • Click ‘Save.’
  1. Add New Contacts Automatically

You are not required to add every sender to your contacts. Yahoo will do it for you automatically. You just need to set this command (although it is set by default).

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ page from the setting gear icon.
  • Under the ‘Writing email’ category, find the ‘When sending’ heading (it is the first heading.)
  • Make sure ‘Automatically add new recipients to Contacts’ option are checked.
  • Click ‘Save.’
  1. Search a Message with Search Operators

The search option is useful for finding that important email from your inbox. Just type your query in the search box and hit ‘Enter.’ If you are sure about exact words in the email, type them within quotes. For instance “project ABC.”

You can search a mail by different fields such as ‘from’, ‘subject’, ‘to:’, ‘cc:’, ‘bcc:’, ‘attachment’ etc. Just use the field name as a prefix followed by colons and then your search word. For example, type ‘subject: project’ without quotes in the search box. Yahoo! will list all the emails with word project in its subject field.

Apply these tips and enjoy a smooth Yahoo! emailing experience. Get Yahoo Technical Support on the toll-free number for all email related issues.