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					                                      Using Yahoo Email 1

Signing Up for a       1) On the Web, go to
Free Yahoo Email       2) At the top of the Yahoo! home page, locate the Mail icon (immediately
Account                   to the right of the Yahoo! logo). Click this icon.
                       3) On the Yahoo! Mail screen, under the phrase “Don‟t have a Yahoo
                          account? click the words "Sign up". If Yahoo offers you a choice of
                          „plans‟, choose the “Free Edition”.
                       4) Fill out the form displayed on the screen:
                          a) Choose a Yahoo! ID for yourself. It can be almost any combination
                              of numbers and letters; capitalization does not matter. Click the
                              button to check if your preferred ID is available; if someone else
                              has already chosen your name, you can try something else. (Don't
                              plan on changing this later! You'd have to set up a whole new
                              account!) WRITE YOUR ID BELOW!
                                      Your ID (Username): _____________________
                          b) Choose a password (6 letters or more) that you will remember
                              easily without your writing it down. Type it in both password
                              boxes. Good passwords combine numbers and letters;
                              CAPITALIZATION MATTERS!
                          c) In the next section, click the drop-down button to choose a security
                              question, and type your answer in the answer box. Fill in your
                              birthday (use a 4-digit year like 1969) and ignore the part about an
                              alternate email address.
                          d) In the last section, fill in all the personal information boxes. Choose
                              the closest items from the occupation and industry lists, or pick
                              Other. At the bottom, you will see a word printed in distorted type.
                              Type this word into the designated box to verify your registration.
                          e) Be sure to clear any check marks from boxes saying, “Send me
                              special offers…” or similar if any are displayed.
                          f) At the very bottom, click the button marked “I Agree” to agree to
                              Yahoo‟s terms of service.
                       5) At this point, you should see a welcome screen. Click “Continue to
                          Yahoo! Mail”.
                       6) Be sure to sign out of your Yahoo! account before leaving any public
Using web-based        1) Go to the provider's website (ex:
email at the library   2) Click the Check Email icon to see the email sign-in screen
(or any computer       3) Type in your email user name and password
with web access)       4) Remember to SIGN OUT when finished! (Or else the next person to sit
                          down could read your messages, send mail in your name, and spend
                          your money!)
                                   Using Yahoo Email 1

General Features    1) You can sign in and use from any computer connected to the Internet
of Web-Based        2) Free of charge (paid for by advertising)
Email               3) Each account now has unlimited space for saving messages on the mail
                    4) When you get mail, the computer contacts the server and displays
                        messages. You click each message to read it. Messages do not get
                        copied onto your hard drive. You have to stay connected to the Internet
                        to read messages.
When you log into   When you log in, you will see the main Yahoo Mail screen, with a
Yahoo:              welcome message. You have unlimited storage in your mailbox. If you
                    have new mail, the folder name and the number of new messages in that
                    folder will be shown.
                    [ Ex: Inbox (7) ]
Reading email in    Click the name of the folder containing new messages (e.g. Inbox). You
Yahoo               will see the messages in that folder, newer messages at the top, unread
                    messages in bold type.
                    Click the message subject to read the message. After reading, you can
                    choose to:
                    1) Flag the message (a red flag will call attention to the message until you
                        remove it)
                    2) Mark the message unread (so it will still appear in bold print in your
                    3) Forward the message or Reply to the message
                    4) Delete the message (the next message will automatically appear)
                    5) Print the message by clicking Printable View (removes frames)
                    6) Mark the message as spam
                    7) Move the message to a folder
Adding addresses     When you are reading a message, you can add the sender to your
to your Address         address book by clicking the “Add to address book” link beside the
Book                    From line.
                     When sending a message, if the recipient(s) are not already in your
                        address book, you will be offered the ability to add them.
                     To add addresses “by hand”, click the Addresses tab near the top of the
                        Yahoo email window. Click the Add Contact button and type the
                        contact information in the boxes. You may choose to give some
                        contacts a nickname (ex: “Bro”). You can then type the nickname
                        instead of the address in the To line. Click the Save Contact button
                        when done.
                     To edit address information, click the Addresses tab and then locate the
                        contact you need to change. Beside each contact is an [Edit] link; click
                        this. Click the Save Contact button when done.
                                   Using Yahoo Email 1

Sending a new       1) Click the tab marked Compose at the top of the screen. A new message
email message in        window will appear.
Yahoo               2) Add recipients‟ addresses by either:
                        a) Typing addresses in the To, CC, and/or BCC boxes (addresses
                            typed in the BCC window will not be displayed to the other
                            recipients), OR
                        b) Clicking the link marked Insert Addresses and putting check marks
                            in the To, CC, and/or BCC checkboxes by each address, then
                            clicking the button marked Insert Checked Contacts.
                    3) Click in the Subject box and type a subject line.
                    4) Click in the large white box and type your message.
                    5) Click Send to send the message.
Replying to email    After reading a message, click the Reply button at the top of the screen.
in Yahoo                A new Compose window will open, with the original message quoted
                        (quotes indicated by the > symbol in plain text) and the sender‟s
                        address filled in the To box.
                     If the original message was sent to a group of people, you can send a
                        response to the entire group by clicking Reply All rather than Reply.
                        Each person will then get a copy of the reply.
Forwarding email     Use the drop-down box to choose whether to forward messages as
in Yahoo                attachments or as inline text. (The default for this can be set in Mail
                        Options – see below)
                     Click the button marked Forward
                     Add recipients‟ addresses the same way as when you create a new
                     Click in the message box and type a message if desired. (Message will
                        appear above forwarded text)
                     Forward as inline text, if you want to edit the forwarded message in any
                        way (e.g. remove previous recipients‟ addresses, etc.)
                     Forward as an attachment if the message you are forwarding already
                        has an attachment you want to include. You will not be able to edit the
                        message in any way.
Moving a message    In the Inbox, click the check box beside the message you wish to move. In
to a folder         the upper right corner of the Inbox window, there is a list of folders.
                    Choose the folder to which you want to move the message, then click OK.
                    Click the folder name (on the left hand side of the screen) to go to that
                    folder and read messages. You can also move a message to a folder while
                    reading it, by clicking the Move button at the top of the screen.
Creating a new      On the left hand side of the Yahoo window, the folders list appears. Click
mail folder         the [add] link at the top of the list. Give your new folder a name and click
                                   Using Yahoo Email 1

SPAM (unsolicited      A lot of spam (unsolicited commercial email) is automatically sent to
commercial email)       your Bulk Mail folder by Yahoo. You can click this folder to see the
                        messages, and if you see a message that is not spam, check the box next
                        to that email, then open the “Move” drop down box to move the email
                        to the desired folder (“Inbox” for example).
                     If a spam message appears in your inbox, you can click the box beside
                        the Sender line and then click “Spam” to remove that email from your
                     The key to not getting a lot of spam is keeping your email address
                        private. Never list your email address in any online directory, and if
                        you do things like chat or post to bulletin boards or newsgroups,
                        consider setting up a separate, “throwaway” account for these activities
                        that you can simply discard if it starts collecting spam.
Changing Yahoo‟s    Click the Mail Options link on the upper right side of the Yahoo email
default mail        page. From the Mail Options page, you can set a wide variety of options. A
options             few include:
                     Under General Preferences you can set message width, choose how
                        many messages to display per page, choose to automatically save sent
                        messages in their own folder (I recommend turning this option on!),
                        change the forwarding default from “attachment” to “inline text”,
                        change reply options.
                     Under Signature, you can type text that will appear at the bottom of
                        each email message you send. Examples: address information, funny
                     Under Filters, you can direct email from particular senders to special
                        folders, and block email based on who sent it, or words in the subject
                        line or the body.
                     Anything under “Premium Services” costs money. The other options
                        are free.
Viewing             In the Inbox, files with attachments will have a paper clip displayed beside
attachments in      the subject line.
Yahoo mail           To view the attachment, click to display the message. At the bottom of
                        the message, an icon of the attachment or a thumbnail image (if the
                        attached file is an image) will appear.
                     Yahoo automatically scans all attachments with Norton Antivirus
                        before viewing them. This is a good thing. (In rare cases, this option is
                        unavailable. In this case, you are gambling!)
                     After you scan the attachment, you can download it (copy to your hard
                        drive), save it to a “Yahoo Briefcase”, or view it.
Attachment          Attachments should be treated with caution. They often contain viruses. If
Warning             you receive an attachment you were not expecting, contact the sender and
                    check if they sent it on purpose. If you receive an attachment, and the email
                    message it is attached to is not individually addressed to you, and signed by
                    the sender, proceed at your own risk!
                                 Using Yahoo Email 1

Sending           1) Log in to your Yahoo account and view email.
attachments in    2) Click the Compose link at the top of the screen to type a new email
Yahoo email           message; enter recipient‟s address, subject and message as usual.
                      (Note: Addresses, subject lines and message text can also be added
                      after files have been attached.)
                  3) Locate and click the Attach Files link (directly below the Subject box).
                  4) You will now see a page headed Attach Files, with three attachment
                      boxes below. Click the Browse button beside the File 1 box.
                  5) The File Upload window now pops up. At the bottom of the window,
                      change the Files of Type box to read All Files.
                  6) Browse to locate the file you wish to attach. Double click the file name
                      to choose it.
                  7) Repeat steps 4-6 if desired to add up to two additional files.
                  8) Scroll to the bottom of the Attach Files page and click the Attach Files
                      button. Norton Antivirus will now scan your files for viruses. If no
                      virus threats are detected,
                  9) Scroll to the bottom of the Attach Files page and click the Done button.
                      Yahoo will now return you to your compose window. The name(s) of
                      attached file(s) will appear beside the heading Attachments, just below
                      the Subject line.
                  10) Click the Send button.
                   Flaming: sending extremely angry or insulting email. Usually seen
                      when groups of people email each other on particular topics (listservs).
                      Occurs because it's so quick and easy to reply to an email that people
                      do so before they have a chance to cool down and think about
                   Emoticons: Symbols such as these :^) :^( which are intended to
                      convey emotions (since tones of voice don't come across on email).
                      You also sometime see emotions indicated like this: *sadly* or *grins*.
                      Use sparingly!
                   Abbreviations: Acronyms like IMHO and ROFL stand for phrases like
                      "In my humble opinion" or "rolling on the floor laughing". Also use
                   Be cautious about sending anything in an email that you would not
                      want published. Email is not considered to be protected speech! Also,
                      it's easy to slip and send email intended for one person to another (or a
                      group of others) instead.

Revised 2/6/06

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