How to Create an Email ID on Yahoo

by Kevin LeeUpdated September 28, 2017
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Yahoo! email has a host of features that go beyond sending and receiving email. An integrated chat function allows you to communicate with other Yahoo! users right from your email messages window. You can also access Web apps such as Flickr and PayPal without leaving your inbox. Send 25 MB email attachments and drag photos from your desktop directly into your messages. The service is free, and it takes minutes to sign up.

Visit the Yahoo! link listed in Resources. Click "Mail" and then "Create New Account."

Click "Mail" and then "Create New Account." An account setup page will open.

Enter you name, gender, birthday, country and postal code in the text boxes provided.

Enter an ID in the text box labeled, "Yahoo! ID and Email." Click "Check" to see if the ID is available. If it is not available, enter a new ID.

Enter a password for your new account. Choose a password that would be difficult for others to guess.

Enter an alternate email address if you like. This step is optional. Yahoo! will send an email to this ID if you ever forget your Yahoo! ID. At the bottom of the screen you will see an image containing letters.

Click the drop down arrow next to "Secret Question 1." You will see a list of questions. Select a question and provide an answer in the box below the question. Select the drop down arrow next to "Secret Question 2" and repeat the process. If you ever forget your Yahoo! password, you can answer one of the questions to reset your password.

Type the letters that you see into the box labeled "Type the code shown." This procedure verifies that you are a human and not automated software attempting to sign up.

Click "Create My Account." Yahoo! will create your new account and send a welcome message to your inbox.


Write down your secret question answers and store them in a secure location. You may not need them now, but years from now you may forget your Yahoo! password and need to reset it. The answers to those questions will assist you.


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About the Author

After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.

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