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Stuck with the new yahoo mail version and you think it sucks? Here's how to get back to yahoo mail classic in seconds

Updated on March 22, 2013

To Ugrade or Not?

Yes, I have been using yahoomail ever since I landed on the internet. Then comes Gmail and now I had a big dilemma. Should I switch to Gmail as my primary email? Should I be loyal to good old yahoomail? It’s a dilemma I had to get a solution to soon. Then yahoo almost nudged me over the cliff. One morning I open my email and I see the notification that there is a newer version of yahoomail.
I think and click on upgrade without giving it a second thought only to end up cursing myself a few hours later Sounds familiar?

If you clicked it too, am almost certain you now know why they said you should always give a second thought to any deal that looks too good. In technological advancement, we always have the early adopters, the sluggish adopters and the very late-and in most cases - too late adopters. The problem with being an early adopter is that you become the guinea pig for the rest.

Guinea Pig

So here I was- a guinea pig for the others that hadn’t upgraded. The fact that you are reading this makes me certain that I was not the only pig. The clever users first visited forums to see what other users are saying and judging from what I see in forums, am sure they decided to avoid the upgrade link like plague-how convenient. As for me, I end up visiting every menu and submenu on yahoomail to find if there is any hidden link somewhere that could navigate me back to the good old yahoomail classic which in my opinion was much better than the new one. If we are in the same boat, am sure you now know there is no such link.

So why didn’t I just switch to Gmail and forget about yahoo? Well that’s not as easy as it sounds. Like almost everybody else, I use both services because even though they are both mail providers, they have distinct features. For instance, Gmail has a way of keeping history of conversations in a thread like way. That means that I can easily retrieve correspondence from one click. But the problem is that if I want to start a new conversation, I can’t do it via reply. I have to go to compose again–and that is where yahoo wins. On the other hand, sometimes I want to check my mail, my facebook and twitter updates in a hurry. Gmail hasn’t figured out a way to help me but yahoo has. Other times, I experience a slow connection and Gmail conveniently allows me to view my mail in basic html format and that’s a great feature when am roaming… I could go on and on but my point is I don’t think one is better than the other. In other words, i need both of them...and i just cant stand the new look of yahoomail!

The Solution?

So I like yahoomail classic but I hate the new yahoomail look and yet am stuck with it. What do I do? Don’t worry, I have the solution and it’s so simple you - will smile. It took me a while to get the solution and I actually discovered it accidentally when trying to troubleshoot something else for a web design project i was working on.

So what is the solution?

To go back to the good old yahoomail classic all you need to do is to disable JavaScript in your browser.
sounds to simple to be true? Just try it and see what happens

Ok. There are a few other straight forward steps but nothing complicated. So you may be asking,”How the heck do I disable JavaScript?”

That depends with the browser you are using. Let’s start with my all time favorite browser- Mozilla.

On the tools menu, click on option. Under the content tab, you should see the option of enable JavaScript. Just uncheck the check box beside it and you are good to go.

If you are a safari user, you will open settings then click on the preferences tab. Under the preferences, click on security and uncheck the enable java and the enable JavaScript option.

If you are an Internet Explorer user, go to tools then select internet options. Under security, click on custom level then all you have to do is to disable the active scripting under the scripting part.

So I have disabled JavaScript, what next?

After disabling the JavaScript in your browser, hit the F5 key on your yahoomail tab and you will land on a page that will make you smile. There are two messages, just ignore the first one which is a warning that JavaScript has been disabled. The second message is what concerns you.

You have two options: - “go to the older version for only this time” (clearly, yahoo wants you to get stuck with their new look mail even though it is a big flop) or to go to a previous version permanently. To permanently go to yahoo mail classic, click on return to a previous version of yahoomail. If you followed all the instructions, you should be where you wanted to be.

Before I go, I should mention that it is important you remember to re-enable JavaScript after you have achieved the feat. JavaScript is needed for proper loading of almost all websites. Enjoy your yahoo mail classic!

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    • ronhi profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Kenya

      Hi Lyns, long time indeed! So much has happened since! I have no clue how yahoo looks like now..i totally ditched it :)

      Hope to catch you online soon!

    • lyns profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Hello my friend, long time great hub, what have you been up to, love this one, what do you think about yahoo recent changes. Anyway voted up plus. Hope all is well with you 7/5/2014 Have a good one. lyns

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      Joe S 

      5 years ago

      I did exactly what you said to do to disable active scripting. Missed it a time or two but finally found it. IT WORKED THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK

      Now I'm back to what I liked. Why did yahoo have to F _ _ _ it up anyway? Thanks so much

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      6 years ago

      Hey! This Is How You Switch Back To Yahoo! Classic Mail..

      Mozilla FireFox..

      ThiS Is Easy And Fun...

      ToolS.. OptionS.. Content..

      Disable Javascript..

      Boom! Go To Your Yahoo! Email..

      Refresh The Page..

      Switch Back To The ClaSSIc Yahoo! Mail..

      That You Love The Most!

      Go Back!

      Don't Forget To Re-Enable Javascript!

    • ronhi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kenya

      Stephe and Son of man, glad you were helped.

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      Dpz-Son of Man 

      7 years ago

      Many thanks. This sorts me a great deal. mm!upgrading should never be such frustrating. Yahoo bosses you make know this and make adjustments

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      Stephe Ouma 

      7 years ago

      Hey! Thanks a lot, this has been my major problem. I can now enjoy my yahoo.

    • ronhi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kenya

      you are most welcome!!!

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      Rush Mayo 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much. I was in the same boat and couldn't figure out how to go back to the old yahoo. Thank you!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks! So very very much appreciated! Good to be back to the classic version.

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      7 years ago

      Thanx! followed the steps and am now enjoying my classic yahoo!


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