How to Set Yahoo as Default Email

By Techwalla Internet Editor

With its extensive list of user-friendly tools and ever-increasing storage capacity, Yahoo is an industry leader in email services. If you have a Yahoo Mail account, you probably use it as your primary email address. Here's how you can arrange to set Yahoo as your default email so that anytime you send a message, it will be sent directly from your Yahoo account:

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

Set up Your Yahoo Email Account

Step 1

Visit the Yahoo Mail home page and click on the 'Sign Up' link to create your new Yahoo Mail account (see Resources below).

Step 2

Enter all required information where indicated. Choose a username that will identify you to email recipients and a password that contains at least 6 characters and will be easy for you to remember.

Step 3

Select a security question from the drop-down menu provided that you will be sure to remember the answer to if asked again later. Yahoo will ask you this question should you forget your password in the future.

Step 4

Type in your answer to the question in the field below.

Step 5

Type in your birth date, zip code and any other requested information in the fields provided.

Step 6

Verify your registration by typing the characters shown in the last section of the registration page into the field provided.

Step 7

Thoroughly read the Terms of Service and print a copy for your personal records if you desire.

Step 8

Click 'I Agree' to complete the registration process and establish your account.

Set up Yahoo as Your Default Email Account

Step 1

Log in to your email account from Yahoo's home page. Find and click on 'Tools' at the top of the page and select 'Internet Options.'

Step 2

Select the 'Programs' tab in the Internet Options window. Select 'Yahoo Mail' in the email section. Click 'Apply.'

Step 3

You have now successfully set Yahoo Mail as your default email address.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never give out personal information to people you are chatting with online. This is to protect your personal security.