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What the New Yahoo Mail Search Means For You

Yahoo is making email searches easier than ever by releasing a set of improvements to the search function in its Mail service. Calling it a smarter search, Yahoo says the new tool, which is rolling out over the next week, starting with the most active Yahoo Mail users, takes you to exactly what you're looking for, faster.

The service now has a new search results page that displays all messages, photos and documents associated with your search query (be it a keyword, phrase or contact name). (Pro tip: To know if you have access right now is to perform a search for photos and see if thumbnails show up.)

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One of my favorite new features is the way photos are displayed in search results. Say you're looking specifically for a picture from your family vacation, but you can't remember the email subject line. If you have the right person specified in the From or To field, and select the Photos tab in the search results, you'll get a grid of thumbnails that show you all the relevant pictures so you can easily find your snapshot at a glance. You can even look up all the photos in your inbox just by typing in "photos" or "pictures."

What the New Yahoo Mail Search Means For You

After you enter your query, you can choose to sort your results by date or by relevance. The latter is a new option that uses a combination of recency (of the message), keyword, keywords occurrence in a message, among other factors, to determine what message is more relevant. That means if you search for "chicken noodle soup," a more recent message with the phrase "chicken noodle soup" occurring more frequently will appear higher up.

What the New Yahoo Mail Search Means For You

The new search will also consider your spelling habits to look for keywords. Yahoo cited the example of "calendar" as a keyword, saying it will display results for messages containing "calendar" as well as misspellings, such as "calender."

According to the New York Times, if you have your LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter accounts linked to your Yahoo Mail, your contacts' profile information will show up as well. 

While some of these new functions, such as a search results page, are already available in rival Gmail, most of the updates are novel. I don't believe the improved search will get people to migrate from existing email services to Yahoo, but it is likely to make the lives of Yahoo Mail users a little easier. Considering the oceans of documents, pictures and messages most of us accumulate in our inboxes, this is a welcome upgrade.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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6 comments
  • T.Venkatarao Says:

    1. Nowadaysa, through google, we are facing lot of problems to login Yahoo mail -thismy be addressed.2. forgot password processing is to be simplified 3. Opening of account is to be done quickly and easily

  • Ali McKenzie Says:

    This rollout must be why I search my mail and the results all say dated 20/03/2016 however when I go into the emails they all have different dates and are not in date order at all - very
    confusing !!!!!

  • Cleveland Says:

    I just received a message in my email saying if i don't upgrade to the new version I will no longer be able to access or send email! That seems suspicious to me, and if this is what Yahoo is doing to long time subscribers like me, I will be deactivating my account and going over to gmail. I have had my account with Yahoo mail under three different email accounts since I first got my computer, and have resisted switching to a different service in all that time! Now I get this email telling me I have to upgrade or else? Hmmm! I think I'll take the else! When I am being given such an ultimatum, there must be something that is not right about it.

  • judy.613 Says:

    These so called new features are anything but an improvement. The previous version of searching mail was far superior to this new version. In the previous version, when you did a search, you could then narrow it down by year, by sender, by folder.... these options are now GONE. It now takes longer to find the email that you are looking for. Each time yahoo makes an improvement it ends up taking many steps backwards. GMail is looking better each time Yahoo rolls out an "improvement." Very doubtful if Yahoo even reads comments that are posted to the yahoo.uservoice.com forum. Yahoo users offer great suggestions as to how to improve mail... but they are falling on deaf eyes and ears.

  • wle Says:

    i don;t want to find pictures, how useless

    i want a search that i can use to find what i want in 80000 emails.......



    wle

  • wle Says:

    yes but they totally broke boolean searches

    not even NOT works any more
    used to be you could use the - sign
    now it is ignored

    wle

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