If you’re a long time Yahoo user like me, you probably hated it about a year ago when Yahoo started messing with how their email worked in an ill-advised attempt to copy Gmail and took out key features like folders, the ability to reply to emails in a straightforward single email fashion and the ability to sort your inbox by Sender. Yahoo’s. It was a train wreck and despite the massive outcry against the changes, they pretty much dug their feet in the sand.
They brought back folders but seemed hell bent to force their users to adopt their new conversation mode email format which stuck email threads into groups and was a royal pain to use. But fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to disable that feature and not only restore your emails back to the conventional non-grouped format, but also allows you to sort your inbox by sender. All you have to do is disable the “conversation” mode and your ability to sort your inbox by sender will be restored. When in Yahoo’s convoluted “conversation” mode, the “view email by sender” option disappears.
Here’s how to restore your ability to sort your emails by sender…
- Hover or click on the Gear symbol at the top right side of the Yahoo screen.
- Click on the Settings link.
- Select Viewing Email.
- Go to where it says, “when viewing message lists” and uncheck the box that says Enable conversations.
- Save your changes and give yourself a high five.
You can now view your email by sender in alphabetical order and reply to emails in a straightforward single email fashion.
By the way, I stumbled upon this solution just in the nick of time as I was finally ready to switch over to Outlook.com after being so thoroughly frustrated by the ridiculously shortsighted and bumbling changes Yahoo had made. It was going to be a tough switch. Not because I didn’t like Outlook.com. I actually love the straightforward, clean and powerful layout and features. But I had years worth of accounts linked to Yahoo that I just didn’t want to have to change if I didn’t have too. I never much cared for Gmail, so that wasn’t even in the equation. So for now, I’m still using Yahoo. Time will tell if they bring it back to its former glory…