How to Open an Email Attachment From Your Yahoo Account


When you receive an email attachment in a Yahoo Mail account, you have several options, in addition to simply saving the file to your computer. Yahoo can open many types of files, including photos and text documents, directly in your Web browser for a quick preview. To save large numbers of files, download the attachments in bulk as a ZIP file. And just as Yahoo supports sending files from your Dropbox account, you can also save attachments straight to Dropbox.

Yahoo can preview PDF files even on computers without a PDF viewing application.
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Step 1

Click "Show Images" to display inline email images and thumbnails of attached images. To automatically show images in the future, click "Change This Setting" to open the security settings.

Show email images.
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Step 2

Select "Always, Except in Spam Folder" in the settings and press "Save" to show images in your emails without having to click "Show Images." Showing images by default makes viewing attached images more convenient, but it also helps spammers recognize when you open a piece of junk mail that reaches your inbox. For this reason, Yahoo Mail does not offer the option to always show images in the spam folder.

Change image settings.
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Step 3

Click an image thumbnail to open the picture in your Web browser window. To save the picture to your computer instead, mouse over the image and click "Download." Depending on your browser settings, the browser might automatically save the image to your downloads folder or might ask where to save the file.

View or save an image.
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Step 4

Click a document's name or the "View" link next to a document's name to preview it in your browser. Yahoo Mail supports previewing documents such as PDF files and Word documents; if you receive an attachment Yahoo can't preview, the file name appears in black and you won't see a "View" link. To save a document to your computer, click "Download."

Preview a document.
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Step 5

Press "Download All" on an email with multiple attachments to save all of the files as a ZIP archive. Windows can open and extract ZIP files without additional software -- double-click a ZIP file on your computer to see its contents.

Download all attachments.
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Step 6

Click the arrow next to any "Download" link and choose "Save to Dropbox" to copy an attachment into your Dropbox account. If you haven't used Dropbox with Yahoo before, sign in with your Dropbox password to link the two accounts.

Save an attachment to Dropbox.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Previewing an image or document is faster than downloading it and opening it on your computer, but you can't make changes in a preview. To edit a Word document or tweak a photo, download the file rather than preview it.
  • If you lose a document on your computer that you've sent in an email, you can recover it from the message. Open your "Sent" folder, open the message and download the attachment.
  • Yahoo Mail automatically scans all attachments with Norton AntiVirus, <see Reference 4> but no anti-virus program can catch every threat, so only download attachments you are expecting from known contacts.


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