Feb
16
2011

Yahoo and Outlook – The Yahoo Outlook Connection is an Ideal Way to Manage Your Email

Would you like to get your Yahoo Mail account working with Outlook so you can work with all your email in one place? Doing so is smart, and will make your life just a touch easier. Let’s talk about how to make Yahoo and Outlook work together like a well-oiled machine.

Well, if you aren’t careful, you can get derailed right away. That’s because you can’t make a Yahoo Outlook connection with a free Yahoo Mail account. But you can, if you convert your free account into a premium account. Yahoo’s premium email accounts are:

Yahoo Mail Plus account
Yahoo Business Email account

For a variety of reasons, Yahoo blocks connections from their free email accounts to Outlook and other external email readers. But the convenience of making this Yahoo to Outlook connection is so great, it’s worth the small investment to move up to a Yahoo Mail Plus account.

A Mail Plus account works with Outlook and allows you to keep the same email address you are already using. In most cases, the Mail Plus account is all you’ll need to have Yahoo and Outlook talking together.

So that’s one potential problem averted. Here’s the next thing, which is more of an issue to be aware of than an actual roadblock. Normally, when you set up a Yahoo Outlook connection, you will want to tell the Yahoo mail servers not to retain copies of messages on the sever once Outlook downloads them.

That means you won’t be able to read your mail through the Yahoo web interface anymore. That’s a definite disadvantage, but almost always the way to go. Why? Because if you don’t do things that way, you’ll have your mail on Outlook, and have a separate copy in Yahoo which you’ll have to take care of. Two separate copies of the same message means extra work for you.

As you’ve seen, connecting Yahoo to Outlook isn’t something you want to try on a wing and a prayer. Still, with detailed, tested instructions, it isn’t hard to set this up at all. And I know exactly where you can find those detailed, tested instructions for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, and Outlook 2010.

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