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How to Set up a Yahoo Email Account

Yahoo is one of the Web's most reliable and long-standing email providers. This service is free and it's fast and easy to set up your own email account at Yahoo. Enjoy the efficiency of corresponding in style with your new Yahoo Mail account.

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  1. Visit the Yahoo Mail home page to take the first step to creating your own email account at Yahoo (see Resources below).

  2. Click on the 'Sign Up' link that appears somewhere near the top of the Yahoo home page.

  3. Enter your name and other requested information in the fields provided.

  4. Create a username that you will be comfortable using for a long time and will identify you to your email recipients. Remember that you can use numbers and letters and even a single dot.

  5. Type the username you choose in the field provided. Check the availability of your username by clicking the box below that reads 'Check Availability of This ID.' You may have to think of an alternative username if your top choice is already taken by another Yahoo user.

  6. Choose a password when you have successfully entered a unique username. Passwords must be at least 6 characters long and keep in mind that passwords are case-sensitive. You will be asked to type your password twice to ensure accuracy.

  7. Select a question from the following drop-down menu as your security question. Yahoo will ask you this question if you should forget your password in the future, in order to verify that you are the correct user.

  8. Type in your answer to the question in the field below.

  9. Enter your birth date, zip code and any other requested information in the fields provided. Entering an alternate email address is not required but it's good to give Yahoo personnel a place where you can be reached if for any reason you do not have access to your Yahoo account.

  10. Verify your registration by typing the characters you see shown in the last section of the registration page into the field provided.

  11. Read the Terms of Service thoroughly and print a copy for your records.

  12. Select 'I Agree.' You have successfully set up your Yahoo email account.

  13. Tip

    Choose a username that will identify you to your recipients and won't be mistaken for spam. Yahoo members often choose some variation of their birth names for their usernames.


    Be sure to check your spelling when typing in your answer to the security question. If you spell it wrong during account setup, you may be denied access to your account later on. Exercise caution when giving out information on the Web. Yahoo has a secure server but cannot guarantee your privacy when chatting with others online.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

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