How to Go Back to the Old Yahoo Mail

The new Yahoo Mail may be all flashy, but a lot of people don't like it

By on November 26th, 2011 15:51 GMT

Several months ago, Yahoo introduced the brand new Yahoo Mail. It boasted several improvements and new features, plus some performance enhancements.

But not everyone was impressed, in fact, quite a lot of people liked their old Yahoo Mail. Yet Yahoo kept on pestering them to upgrade to the newest version.

When they did, and realized they hated it, they wanted to go back to the Yahoo Mail they had grown accustomed to. Unfortunately, Yahoo doesn't offer this option, so a lot of people were stuck. But there is a solution.

It's not overly complicated or technical, but you need to be a bit careful.

The solution to the issue comes from the fact that the new Yahoo Mail is designed for screens with a resolution of at least 1024 x 600. Anything lower than that and you get a notification that the new Yahoo Mail won't work properly. Here's what you need to do.

1. Log out of Yahoo Mail and close your browser, to be on the safe side.

2. Change your desktop's resolution to 800 x 600. The way to do this depends on the operating system you're using.

    Windows XP
    a. right click the desktop and choose Properties;
    b. in Display Properties, click on Settings;
    c. set the screen resolution to 800 x 600.

    Windows Vista and 7
    a. right click on the desktop and pick Screen resolution;
    b. set the screen resolution to 800 x 600.

    Mac OS
    a. choose System Preferences from the Apple menu;
    b. in the Hardware section, click on Displays;
    c. in the Display tab, set Resolutions to 800 x 600.

    In Linux the method varies a lot, but there should be a Display or similarly named tool in your system settings.

3. Open your browser and go to Yahoo Mail. When you log in, you'll be notified that the screen resolution is too low.

4. Go to the bottom of the page and you'll notice a link titled "Return to a previous version of Yahoo Mail." Click on it and you'll be returned to Yahoo Mail Classic.

5. Change the screen resolution back.

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