Do you have a Yahoo Mail account you would like to or need to use with Outlook? If so, this article will show you how to get Outlook and Yahoo Mail working together. I think you will really enjoy the pleasure of being able to work with all your mail in one place. You’ll enjoy being able to use Outlook’s familiar interface for all your work, instead of being stuck with a different way of doing things for each account you own separately.
Unfortunately, you can’t use a free Yahoo Mail account with Outlook. You must! have a premium Yahoo Mail account. In other words, you have to use either:
- A Yahoo Mail Plus account ($19.99 per year)
- A Yahoo Business Email account ($9.95 per month)
If you don’t have one of these account types, you cannot connect Yahoo Mail and Outlook. However, converting a free Yahoo Mail account (the kind you probably have if you don’t remember paying for the account) to a Mail Plus account isn’t hard at all. http://mailplus.mail.yahoo.com/ will open a new window where you can upgrade your free account to a Mail Plus account. Close the new window once you’re done with the upgrade so we can configure Outlook to work with your Yahoo Mail Plus account. And don’t worry. If you’ve already upgraded to a Yahoo Mail Plus account, the Mail Plus page will tell you that you don’t need to upgrade.
The steps required to configure Yahoo Mail Plus and Yahoo Business Mail to work with Outlook are almost the same. Before we go further with the configuration, there’s one thing you should know. As part of the process for configuring Yahoo mail with Outlook you will tell the Yahoo mail servers not to keep copies of messages on the server once you view them with Outlook. Once that happens, you won’t be able to read the downloaded messages anymore using the Yahoo Mail web interface. Under normal circumstances, this is the way you want to set things up, since having multiple versions of a message floating around will surely cause you headaches, and is something to be aware of.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the configuration process, The detailed procedure you have to follow during the configuration process depend on which version of Outlook you are working with. To make this as easy as possible, there are two completely separate procedures, one for Outlook 2007, and the other for earlier versions. To keep this article from getting gigantic (and to make it easy to update the procedures should they need to change), the procedures are on the Living With Outlook (http://www.Living-With-Outlook.com) website rather than included in this article.
If you want to make Outlook 2007 work with your Yahoo Mail account, go to http://www.living-with-outlook.com/yahoo-mail.html#Configure2007Anchor
If you want to make a version of Outlook that’s not Outlook 2007 work with your Yahoo Mail account, go to http://www.living-with-outlook.com/yahoo-mail.html#ConfigureOutlookAnchor