Why Can’t I Set Yahoo! as My Default Mail Program?


Hi, Leo. I’ve followed your instructions in the article, “How do I change the “mailto:” or default mail program?” The newer versions of Yahoo Instant Messenger don’t have a Yahoo! browser services option. I’ve also downloaded that Yahoo toolbar, but the mail plug-in is not available in newer versions. I’m using Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit.

It’s possible that you can no longer do what you’re doing with the latest round of changes to Yahoo Mail. I honestly haven’t looked at it  closely enough to say yes or no, but what you describe sounds exactly like what I would expect if that functionality were removed.

That means that we have to do things a little differently. The whole default mail program is all about a default mail program.

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How Can I View Two Different Email Accounts at Once in a Browser?

I’m using Windows 7 and I want to keep my two Yahoo email addresses open just like on my cell phone. But when I sign into the second Yahoo email, it signs me out of the first. Ideally, I want both to be open when I turn on the computer so I can view both at any time.

Surprisingly, this is a common desire. Many people have more than one email address these days. You can use a couple of approaches to do this.

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How Do I Get a New Mail Notification for Yahoo! Mail?

I’m unable to activate the new mail notification on my PC. I clicked on Control Panel and then Sound and Change. I’ve tried many times, but it just won’t work. I’m 82; I live alone; I’m dumb about PCs. Please advise on a simple way to alleviate this problem. Something was said about Messenger and I do have Yahoo Messenger, but still “no go.”

First, please don’t say that you’re dumb.

You’re not dumb about PCs. This is absolutely one of my pet peeves: in my opinion, it just doesn’t help to characterize yourself in derogatory terms like that when all that’s missing is just a little information.

As for your question, unfortunately, there’s no simple way to address that. Let me explain.

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Why do I keep getting a CAPTCHA?

Hi, Leo. I’m really annoyed with those CAPTCHA things that Yahoo sometimes wants me to fill out before my email can be sent. Now, I realize that if I were to send an email addressed to many recipients that Yahoo might assume that I’m spamming, but if I’m just replying to an email from a friend, I really don’t think that this CAPTCHA is called for. I’ve contacted them several times about this, but to no avail.

Before I answer your question, I have to say that I’m not surprised in the least that you’re not getting a response. Yahoo is a free email service and they actually have very little (if any) customer support. It’s not something that I would ever expect them to change. Quite literally, you’re getting what you’re paying for in that regard.

As for your question, why do you keep getting a CAPTCHA?

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What Does It Mean that Yahoo! Is Releasing Email Addresses?

Yahoo! announced that they were releasing email addresses that hadn’t been used in a year. Does that mean I’m going to lose my Yahoo! email address? Why are they doing this anyway?

As long as you’ve logged in to your Yahoo! account recently, you don’t need to worry about losing your Yahoo! email address. If you’re not certain, go log into it now, and you can “reset the clock,” so to speak.

I’m somewhat surprised that Yahoo! felt the need to make an announcement at all. I’m also surprised that some people are upset by this plan.

It’s something that many providers have been doing all along.

And it’s something that you should understand, even if you’ve never touched a Yahoo! account.

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