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, there’s unfortunately no simple way to address that. Let me explain.
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New mail notification
Only email programs actually installed on your PC can use the new mail notification tool that you find in the Control Panel, and even then not all of them do.
More importantly That notification sound won’t work if you’re using a website to access your email. In other words, you open your web browser and go to Yahoo.com (or Gmail or Outlook.com or others) to access your email that web site doesn’t use that to notify you.
Email programs vs. web-based email
Web-based email like Yahoo! Mail is not a program on your PC. It’s just a website – a page displayed in your favorite web browser. It doesn’t have the ability to run programs on your PC.
Programs on your PC would include programs like Windows Live Mail, Microsoft Office Outlook and Thunderbird. (Outlook.com, on the other hand, is a website.) These programs all typically have the ability to notify you when a new message is in your inbox.
Using Yahoo Messenger
If you are looking for a way to be notified when you have new mail in your Yahoo! Mail account, Yahoo Messenger actually is one potential solution.
Yahoo Messenger is an instant messaging program. You install it on your PC and because it’s associated with your Yahoo account. Since it is a program that’s installed on your PC it has the ability to notify you when you get new mail.
In your case it sounds like you installed it, but I suspect that the notification option is turned off so Yahoo Messenger won’t notify automatically. You actually have to go into Yahoo Messenger and check the options within it. There should be an option to notify on new mail.
Add-ons, toolbars, and more
There are other approaches that sometimes will work.
- Some browsers, such as Firefox, have add-ons. This adds software to the browser installed on your PC to notify you when you get new mail.
- Some web-based email programs, such as Yahoo! Mail, come with a toolbar. You can install this on your PC and it will display a notification when there’s new mail.
- You may be able to find a third-party application. Once again, this would be installed on your PC.
I understand your frustration. Email programs should be more universal. But this all has to do with the many different ways that we access email. In many cases, the different options that we want are simply not available to us.