How to Put a Header in Yahoo Mail

by Kevin Lee
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Yahoo's email editor enables you to resize and color text, but it still looks like colored text that's larger than the rest. If you'd like to create email messages that stand out, emulate professional website designers and add a graphic header to your messages. The word "header" can also refer to extra data that resides in email messages. If you'd like to trace the route that a Yahoo email took to arrive in your inbox, you can do that by viewing the message's header information.

Creating a Header

Step 1

Create a header image you'd like to use in your email. You can do this using an image editing program such as Paint, Microsoft Word or even an online service that helps people create Web banners.

Step 2

Upload your image to ImageShack, Photobucket or another site that hosts images for free. The site gives you a URL after you upload the image.

Step 3

Paste that URL into your browser's Address bar and press "Enter" to view the page that contains the image. Right-click the image and select "Copy Image Location" from the context menu that appears. Your menu item may say "Copy Image," “Copy Image Address” or "Copy Picture" depending on the browser you use. Select “Copy” if you use Internet Explorer.

Create a new Yahoo email message and right-click an area at the top of the message composition box. Press "Ctrl-V" to paste your image header into the message. Click below the header and type the text that you want to appear in your message. When you're done, you'll have a professional looking graphic header that sits on top of your email message text. Click "Send" to send the message to your recipient.

View Header Information in Regular Yahoo Mail

Step 1

Open one of your Yahoo email messages.

Step 2

Click "Actions" and then click "VIew Full Header." Yahoo opens the Full Header window that displays the message's header information.

Review the information and click "OK" to close the window and return to the main Yahoo window.

View Header Information in Yahoo Mail Classic

Step 1

Open an email message you'd like to examine.

Step 2

Click the "Full Headers" link at the bottom of the message. Find that link in the message window's lower left corner. Yahoo displays the header.

Review the header's information and click "Compact Headers Link" to hide the header and return to the normal message view.


  • Copy information from the Full Header window by clicking inside the window, pressing "Ctrl-A" and then pressing "Ctrl-C."
  • Headers contain information showing the computers that received an email during its journey to you. If multiple computers received an email, multiple header entries appear in the header information. Locate the top header to identify the computer that last received the email.
  • Graphic email headers can be as simple or as complex as you like; see links in Resources for some examples. Web designers often place these types of headers at the tops of their pages. Get additional ideas for intriguing headers by viewing Web pages that have them. Professional-looking headers often consist of large text that overlays a background. When starting out, you might simply create a header that has your name in giant letters sitting on top of a scenic background. The header might even have a brief greeting near the bottom.
  • You can also use a Web banner as inspiration for your email header. They usually have a large main heading, several graphic images and smaller text blocks that appear throughout the banner. Any graphic header that you create will look more impressive to email recipients than simple colored text that happens to be larger than the other text.
  • If you use Opera or Safari, you must use two browser windows to make this work. In one window, navigate to the URL that contains your header graphic. Open another window, visit your Yahoo email account and create a new message. You can then return to the first window and drag the image from that window into the other window that has the email message.The best way to do that is to make both windows smaller and place them side by side.


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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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