Similar to services such as Microsoft's Hotmail and Google's Gmail, Yahoo Mail is a Web-based application that allows you to send, receive, manage and search through your e-mail messages. It offers many helpful features, including auto-saving of drafts, auto-checking of new messages, a calendar tool, and drag-and-drop functionality similar to that of many desktop e-mail clients. To open an e-mail account of your own with Yahoo Mail, simply sign up for a Yahoo ID. Your new e-mail address will be created as part of the registration process.
Open a Web browser and navigate to the Yahoo Mail website (see "Resources").
Click the "Create New Account" button found on the right-hand side of the window.
Provide your first and last name, gender, birth date, country and postcode in the corresponding fields near the top of the window.
Enter the email address you wish to register into the "Yahoo! ID and Email" field. Click the adjacent "Check" button to see if your selected address is still available. Repeat the process until you find an available option.
Provide a password in the "Password" field. Confirm your password in the adjacent field.
Provide an alternate e-mail address in the corresponding field if you have one. If not, skip this step.
Enter two secret questions and answers in the corresponding fields. Yahoo Mail uses this information to confirm your identity if you forget your username or password in the future.
Locate the automated image containing a series of random letters and numbers. Enter these characters in the "Type the code shown" field. This confirms that a human, not an automated system, is creating the new e-mail account.
Click "Create My Account" to establish your new Yahoo Mail address and account.