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Yahoo Mail now groups your emails by day/time period

by AshwinMay 2, 2015

Yahoo has announced a new feature for its email service, Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo-Mail-Group
The Sunnyvale company is now allowing users to find messages in their in a more efficient way.

Normally email services list the emails in your inbox in a traditional chronological manner. If your inbox receives a lot of emails, it could quickly become cluttered, and in turn make the task of finding an email cumbersome.

Of course you can just search for emails from the search bar, but what if you don’t remember the exact content of the email or the name of the sender?

Chances are that you may have found yourself thinking about emails which you received on a particular date, or a few days ago. What if you wanted to read the mail, but don’t want to go through an endless list of mails your cluttered inbox?

Yahoo Mail’s new email grouping helps by adding a Date Separator to emails. Take a look at the above image, it shows how the new feature groups emails according to the day when the emails were received. For eg: (Yesterday, Today).

Besides grouping emails by the day, it also allows grouping emails according to the time period (week, month or year).  Grouping of emails isn’t a feature that is exclusive to your Yahoo Mail inbox, it also works in folders, search results, sent emails.

There is no way to turn of or disable grouping of emails. The only solution is to choose a sorting option other than “Date”. But the bad news is, the sorting option isn’t saved, and you will have to manually sort using a different option, the next time you log in to Yahoo Mail.

Recently, Yahoo has been making a lot of changes to its email service. Back in March, the company announced Contact Cards for Yahoo Mail. It is a caller id like feature for email, which displays a photo of the sender, their phone number, and links to their social profiles on Facebook and Flickr, right within your inbox. This eliminates the need to search for the contact info on the Address Book, or elsewhere.

Then about two weeks ago, Yahoo improved on Contact Cards, by including support for LinkedIn and Twitter.

Just like Contact Cards, the grouping of emails feature, is currently only available to desktop users in the U.S. Yahoo’s announcement reveals that it has already begun rolling out to users.

There is no word on when the company plans to roll it out globally.

69 Comments
  • Kenny
    May 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I find the grouping of emails by Date and the inability to turn that off very annoying. If you do not put the ability back I will be looking to close this email account and begin using something that isn’t forced upon me.

    • fck-yahoo
      May 28, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Why the Fck can’t they just leave it alone? Or at least allow users to configure things back to the way they like…getting ready to dump yahoo and go to gmail.

    • Date grouping sux
      May 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      You can block this atrocity with Adblock Plus and the Element Hiding Helper. The trick is to hide only the class item: list-view-item-date-label this-week. These tags are created dynamically so if you block the DIV or id only those elements will be blocked but will be recalculated when the page is refreshed.

      • Thank you!
        May 29, 2015 at 4:46 am

        Thank you so much! I didn’t think to try Adblock, even though it’s hiding a lot of other Yahoo clutter. You just made my day!

  • Domenic
    May 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Not giving people the choice to choose what they want or what they are comfortable with is just ridiculous . Maybe this “improvement” is awesome for the programmer and his needs but maybe just maybe not everyone is comfortable with this OBLIGATORY change . will be looking else where maybe looking for a little less Communist email provider …..

  • i fucking hate yahoo
    May 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    i fucking hate yahoo. I’m moving my domains and services to a company that gives customer what they want.

  • Duarte
    May 13, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Bad politics for Yahoo to force people to “digest” its chunk ideas without user permission and without giving the user the possibility to revert this weird behavior. Bad company, bad service. It deserves that all users close their account and change to another provider that respect the client will.

    • Rich
      May 25, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Agreed, 100%
      What the frack is wrong with you people at Yahoo?
      You continue to make your service more annoying, more a mess, more pure crap.
      If I didn’t have so much business as well as personal connections tied up in this account I would have quit Yahoo a couple of years ago or whenever it was when you forced the last big mind-frack on us.
      What the hell is wrong with you Melissa Mayer?
      And why hasn’t she been fired already?

  • Craig
    May 13, 2015 at 1:31 am

    This is utterly moronic. Why the hell would anyone want this useless “feature”? It does nothing, and slows down your ability to find what you’re looking for.

  • desertrat9
    May 13, 2015 at 2:16 am

    You speak of these grouping bars like they are good things. They aren’t. They are annoying, distracting and take up space. My eye feels like it trips every time it hits another divider “Today”, “Yesterday” “Last Week” . It might be nice if it was an OPTION that could be turned on and off but just throwing it on us is very, very frustrating.

    • Rich
      May 25, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Agreed, 100%.
      What is with Melissa Mayer and her designers?
      Have you no conscience?
      How can you be so tediously bad at your jobs?

  • Simon B
    May 13, 2015 at 2:58 am

    If you’re using Firefox, you can use the extensions “Adblock Plus” along with “Element Hiding Helper For Adblock Plus” to remove these section headings (and a million and one other items that you don’t want on your web pages).

    • zOnk
      May 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      @Simon B: Many thanks for posting a solution instead of just adding another complaint. I agree with those complaining, but offering a working solution is awesome. I had Adblock, but never hearda the Element Hiding. Works perfectly!

  • VidaB
    May 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Microsoft has had this feature for years and was a pain in my backside. I had to disable it on each and every machine I built. For some professionals this is a nice OPTION – and that is exactly what it should be, an OPTION – not a forced down the throat feature. Please give us the option to turn this annoyance off!

  • mick
    May 13, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Just a bad idea that offers no added benefit and, if it is possible, makes Yahoo Mail even more cumbersome to use.

  • kwark
    May 13, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    idiots….moving off them….

  • Josh
    May 14, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Dear Yahoo,

    Your ideas suck.

    Respectfully,
    Josh

  • Raye
    May 14, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I don’t like this new grouping display of email at all. Since Yahoo is free and doesn’t cost anything and it is their business to do whatever they want. You can always get an email account somewhere else if you don’t like it.

    • Rich
      May 25, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Not so simple Raye.
      For one thing, it’s not free if you’re paying for the “better” version, which many of us are.
      Secondly, for those of us with 10 – 15 or more years worth of business correspondence in our Yahoo email files it is a near impossibility to simply drop Yahoo and switch over to a different service.
      And thirdly, they can “do whatever they want”????
      Their business, like any business is not only “their” business. It is a relationship and a service built on trust and mutual respect. (Well, ideally they are, and there was a time when Yahoo appeared to respect it’s clients, but not anymore.) Business relationships of any sort are a two way street.
      Again, Yahoo built a relationship with many of us upon years of providing a quality service. Many of us are far too invested to make a change over without a huge investment of time and effort.
      Yaho now grossly abuses that trust and respect.

  • Mike
    May 14, 2015 at 7:21 am

    More wasted space on my screen.

    If they are already sorted by date anyway, why do I need these separator bars? There is no end to the stupid ideas they will roll out with no choice

  • Tim
    May 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Argh. This just hit me as a UK yahoo mail user. I assumed I had turned it on by accident and was looking for a way to turn it off.

    Thanks Yahoo. Thanks for nothing.

  • Nancy
    May 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I hate the new inbox subcategories or whatever by day/date. It’s annoying, disorienting and wastes my time. Why would Yahoo! FORCE us to use a feature that can’t be turned off? One more step closer to gmail forever…

  • J.V.
    May 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Please give us the option to turn this distracting, space taking annoyance off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J-Bone
    May 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I swear this was a feature a couple years ago and the ability to turn it on or off was available. I don’t see how this makes it easier to find an email by date when you can sort by date and the date is prominently displayed.

  • Jeff
    May 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Why? WTF? AN option to sort mail by date DOES NOT NEED A SEPARATOR for DAY/WEEK/Month that takes up MORE SPACE ON MY PAULTRY 13″screen that is a waste of unwanted space.

    Yahoo, make it optional, or don’t do it at all. Somebody just doesn’t have anything better to do than come up with stupid mandatory changes to something that already works until they break it. DIdn’t you already learn this when you made tabs go away and then brought them back (last year I think)….that was a real pain in the ass. Now another useless distraction that makes mail worse and not better.

    Thanks….oh yeah, and thanks for making it so hard to find an email for Yahoo support, again wasting the customer’s time is not a problem….

  • krm
    May 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    This is so completely useless and annoying. The date is right there – we don’t need these extra tabs! I really wish Yahoo would stop adding these stupid “features” that NOBODY likes.

  • rock
    May 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    i don’t normally go around leaving negative comments on articles, but why is it that every change yahoo makes pushes me further away? i’m a hold-out who has never changed e-mail addresses since the birth of internet. just leave my stuff alone and let me use it. this change is just awful. saw it in outlook – turned it off. hello!!?!

  • Derek
    May 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I agree. I absolutely hate it. Just what I need more clutter in my email.

  • Clonkex
    May 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Oh for F**K’S SAKE, Yahoo!! Last time it was removing tabs, now it’s forcing these STUPID date separators on us! How THICK are you people? STOP CHANGING OUR EMAIL WITHOUT ASKING!!

  • Gayle
    May 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Yes. I hate this. Takes up extra space and makes it look cluttered. Yahoo, if you’re reading this feedback, please allow us to remove!

  • Ali
    May 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    You can go to settings and change it from full-featured to basic and it will take that annoyance away!

  • Andrew Halliwell
    May 26, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Totally agree with all the above comments. This is no use to me and should be available as an option. How hard would that be? Then everyone would be happy. The good thing about software is that it’s not written in stone, Yahoo please give us a choice whether we want this or not. I don’t.

  • Dan
    May 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Another BLANTANT disregard for the wants and desires of its active users…WHEN will Yeahoo ever learn that changing something doesn’t automatically make it better…and it this case the ”change’ is a very annoying WASTE OF SPACE that actually makes it harder to find something…WAKE UP YEAHOO before you get sued again !

  • JJ
    May 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    And now it doesn’t show the time the email came in unless I open it. Hate it. The separator bars make finding an email more difficult, not easier. Someone at Yahoo must need to justify their job by coming up with asinine changes every few months. Hate this mail service and every change makes me hate it more.

  • F U
    May 28, 2015 at 1:01 am

    This waste of space should be an option — Little old ladies pecking away with arthritic fingers will love it.

    Oddly, this is SO Microsoft — Making a crappy idea mandatory. Microsoft and Yahoo — Separated at Birth ??

    I’m going back to the old basic version of Yahoo Mail.

  • Mike A
    May 28, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I’ve had my Yahoo Mail account as my main account for 15 years.
    Since then – and especially recently – you’ve spent millions on making changes that make your service WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. For each of these changes, you provide NO OPT-OUT.
    I pay you money and you treat me with contempt.
    There is a lot of inertia to overcome to take my custom elsewhere, but this may be the tipping point.
    What are you thinking???

  • Michael
    May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

    “Yahoo has announced a new feature for its email service, Yahoo Mail.” WTF? Annonuced when? I must have spent an hour today (5/27/15) trying to revert/disable this feature. I thought I accidentally hit something to cause this.

    Why doesn’t Yahoo inform users that this change is about to take place? There was no notification and it just appeared. They need to make it optional. This new feature is horrible. It was fine the way it was. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

  • Ice41000
    May 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Yahoo mail is getting worse and worse. This is another BS feature nobody asked for. And whose stupid idea is not allow user to disable it?! What is wrong with those people?

  • rich
    May 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

    How do I turn this feature off please it is not the way I wish to work with my e-mails

  • bruce
    May 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I agree with all the others. A complete and idiotic change that most people
    do not want. Programmers have to learn that what the PUBLIC USERS WANT
    is what they should provide, not some idiotic idea that they thought was the
    next best thing to implement. Give us the ability to choose for ourselves if we
    want this OPTION TURNED ON OR NOT

  • Eric
    May 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This is so annoying, Just like every other “upgrade”. I hate it!

  • Ryan
    May 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Grouping emails like this is stupid. Who is the idiot(s) that came up with forcing this on users. Give me the option to turn it off!

  • Frank
    May 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Shiv Shankar in the top of the gallery of fame for “unsolicited features”.

  • Jennifer
    May 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    In this day and age, why would they develop ANYTHING that isn’t optional? No matter how many people think an idea is good, there will be people who don’t like it. We all have different brains and function/process in different ways.

    Personally these date dividers are driving me crazy and I can’t stand to look at then anymore.

  • jerrycon
    May 30, 2015 at 5:16 am

    In Settings, I switched to Basic email. The grouping by date is gone. Don’t know what else I lost. Don’t care. Dumbasses!!!

  • Jamie
    May 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This was the final straw. Just signed up to gmail, but now have all the associated annoyance of moving everything over. Grrrr!!!

  • bs
    May 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Use addblock plus and add a custom filter on

    mail.yahoo.com##div.list-view-item-date..

  • Liz
    May 31, 2015 at 6:02 am

    A really annoying change. I DON’T WANT this date separator.
    Why can’t they at least give a choice whether to use it or not.

  • Andy B
    May 31, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Yahoo – Please give us the ability to turn this very annoying feature off it is a terrible idea for most of us.

    Please work on re instating some of the features you had in search pages such as filter by sender instead.

  • Mary
    June 1, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I hate this new feature. Why can’t Yahoo just leave things alone. I don’t like my emails to be sorted into the dates sent categories no matter what email system you are using, but you are always given the option to turn this feature off. I like it the normal way of viewing unread messages first with all these different categories. Please give us the option again–never should have been removed in the first place

  • oldAGE
    June 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I love how the author spins how wonderful and helpful all these Yahoo changes are meant to be…. After all, like Microsoft, Yahoo knows what’s good for us and like certain cultures, they know that this is the best way so you will like it…. and if you don’t… tough luck. This is yet another annoying feature from Yahoo that I would love to turn off just like the Contact Card garbage.

  • Kokliko
    June 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Really boring that Yahoo always change its GUI… or at least propose things instead of forcing it…
    That grouping by date is simply non sense when you already classing your emails into folders, etc…

  • B!LL
    June 3, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Can we get an option to turn off this date grouping brainstorm, It just clutters up your email. Guys try a smaller server that listens – email.com

  • yvo109
    June 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Please make it an option. For a lot of users it is useless, and is just a waste of precious screen space

  • Dave Stephens
    June 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Did you people use the Yahoo marketing blurb? Talk about sycophantic claptrap.

    As far as Yahoo is concerned, the grouping by date would be bad enough – you can’t remove it even if you wanted! – but the other more insidious thing is the banner advertising at the top. If they’re that desperate for money they should rather say so and we can all move off to something better and they can die. I try the basic version but that’s just irritating. And the ‘new’ version is so slow and freezes all the time.

    Yahoo needs a kick up their backsides.

  • nerd
    June 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    THIS EMAIL GROUPING IS THE BIGGEST BULLSHIT I HAVE SEEN AND A WASTE OF SCREEN RESOURCES.

    ONLY COMPLETE IDIOTS CAN PROGRAM SUCH A BULLSHIT AND MOREOVER WONT’ LET THE USER CHANGE IT.

    YAHOO MAIL IS THE MOST ANNOYING AND STUPID E-MAIL-PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • knowitall
    June 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Use addblock plus and add a custom filter on

    mail.yahoo.com##div.list-view-item-date-label

  • dan
    June 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Same here. The grouping of my email should be up to me not you. There should at least be away to turn it off. I had it sorted the way I wanted it nice neat up to date and in order. Who’s scatter brained idea was this. Time for a new email provider

  • Death
    June 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    somebody PLEASE tell them how much this sucks. I don’t know of anyone that does not care about their end users like they do…. just blowfull.

  • Dispaired
    June 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’ve got hundreds of mails so yeh, like sorting by date order helps because I can remember the date of each one! Precisely why they invented the word “idiot”. And no way to disable the feature as you can with some others – moronic. And mucking around with annoying changes obviously bound to alienate customers – suicidal arrogance. Bring on natural selection and rid me of this monstrosity.

  • Melissa
    July 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Can anybody tell me how to find emails older than a year? Now with the new grouping, my older emails that I need are gone. I didn’t delete them, it just won’t let me go past 4/14/14 to see any of them and I had saved warranty emails and what not.

  • Gene C Fowler
    July 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I find the date, month, later month separation a pain the the bottom and it clutters up the screen. You already show the date, why would I need any more than that.. You could at least allow me to turn it off. W?hy do you want to make things so hard

  • funnygirlwow
    July 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I had added AdBlockPlus (suggested by someone online) when the grouping of emails by date came out and it fixed the problem! Today, I read somewhere that you can ‘reset’ Firefox so that it stops using so much CPU . It worked, BUT, now I noticed that my ABP is gone (I had to re-download and reinstall). So now I’m trying to find that page again to find out how to use the ABP for the email grouping AGAIN! Dear Yahoo: I love you but please stop messing with me (and others too)! Don’t change things around (I use you because I like the way you look (that sounds bad haha)). I like the familiar, the simple and classic (like you) but you’re changing so much, that I’m starting to wonder if we’re still compatible…. There are many things I’d want to change, ironically, you’re not one of them! (I will update this message when I (hopefully) find that page again to help the rest of you fix the problem 🙂

    • funnygirlwow
      July 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Ok, so here’s the link so ABP and the Element Hiding Helper: https://adblockplus.org/en/elemhidehelper
      I’m not one to encourage people to download stuff from the internet, but I’m always careful and this is the second time I’ve downloaded the EHH and it fixes the problem right away, and it’s super simple. Good luck, and I hope I’ve been of service 🙂

  • Wawan
    June 29, 2017 at 6:14 am

    No use complaining here, try voting on yahoo user voice to get your complains to them:
    https://yahoo.uservoice.com/forums/600772-new-mail/suggestions/19740496-remove-date-headers

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