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How to Block an Email Address on Yahoo! Mail

Updated on June 19, 2017

If you're anything like me, than you have 6 different email addresses. If not I'm willing to bet that you have at least two email accounts.

It's been reported that on average, a worker will spend 25 - 30 percent of their workday reading emails. Think about that. Spam is more than a nuisance, it takes time away from our personal lives.

The good news is that most of these POP email providers allow you to filter and even block addresses. Yahoo! makes it especially easy to handle these tasks.

Filtering Emails to a Folder or Trash

  1. Right click the message in you inbox and select "Filter Emails Like These".
  2. In The "Add Filter" Window, select "Trash" from the Drop Down at the Bottom OR
  3. In The "Add Filter" Window, select "New Folder", and name it accordingly in the box to the right.

Quickly Sort Emails already in your Inbox

4. Once you hit "Save", You'll see a message that says "Filter Applied Successfully".

5. Once the filter has been applied all future emails will be filtered, you'll still have to take care of the messages already delivered in the inbox ..... Here's how:

TIP - To quickly sort your emails , click the "FROM" button at the top, THEN click the first message you wish to filter. Then press down the "SHIFT" key, and click the last of that group.

(In my example I filtered "MakeUseOf" to a folder named creatively as "MakeUseOf". I don't want to delete these, but just tuck them away.

Then by clicking the folder icon up top, select your folder (left click) and done! You can get through a ton of emails FAST this way!

Once I click "MakeUse Of" they are all filed away.
Once I click "MakeUse Of" they are all filed away.

Block an Email Address on Yahoo!

To Block an address altogether is a bit trickier, but permanent and sometimes necessary. Here's how:

  1. Right Click the email you wish to block and select "View Full Header", to make sure you have the correct Sender's email address.
  2. Highlight the address where you see "Return Path" (between and without the "<" and ">" )and Right click and select "Copy".
  3. Go to the options menu up top (next to "sign out").
  4. Select "Mail Options"
  5. Select "Blocked Addresses" on the left
  6. Paste (Right click and "Paste") into the blank bar and hit the "+" sign
  7. That's it, your done! (but you'll still need to delete the messages in your inbox)

TIP -- sometimes the address is obvious, and you don't need to view the header at all, but be warned a lot of times, spammers will disguise themselves!


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    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @Brett, your lucky, I get tons of spam (probably my fault lol). Thanks for the feedback and the shares!

      @iguidenetwork, Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated!

      @sweetie1, we're all so busy these days, I tried to make it easy so you could get it done quickly. Thanks for the feedback and stopping by!

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      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for such easy instructions . I am always getting lots of junk email and clicking spam didnt help much. Now I know what to do with these. Voting up and useful

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thanks for posting. I wished to block unwanted messages and block the senders but I had no idea how. Voted up and shared.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Very useful for anyone with Yahoo mail! I generally use gmail and hotmail, but luckily haven't had a spam problem yet. I think your two email bet is pretty safe lol ... especially for those with websites!!

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Jeff!

      Thanks for sharing this tech strategy with us. Will need to slowly go over this a couple of times to master the technique.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Heya flashmakeit :), yep you can either "filter" to trash, or folders (which comes in handy for when you want to read them), or straight up blocking when necessary, but usually filtering works well. TY for stopping by! :)

    • flashmakeit profile image


      6 years ago from usa

      This is very useful information I can use and I will return to make sure I do this correctly.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @shiningirisheyes, thanks for the positive feedback :), was on fumes when I wrote this so good to hear!

      @Lipnancy, yeah I agree, I like Yahoo's layout and filtering a little better as opposed to some of the competition, thanks for stopping by!

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Yahoo is a wonderful e-mail to use. Being a marketer, I use the filters for everything.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You are a very good instructor as I found this very easy to follow. If I can understand it, anyone can.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Heya GUS :) , yep, had my psychic radar on last night , figured you could use this one :)) , glad to be of service, thanks for stopping by!

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      6 years ago from USA

      Howdy Jeff (howlermunkey) -

      You are some kind of mind-reader, Jeff. My SampsonVet.(.com) buddies and I were discussing this eMail address blocking thing on our computer conference just this evening. And you knew that we would be doing that when you put this fine article together. Amazing.

      Gus :-)))


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