- Go to Yahoo Mail.
- Click the Contacts icon.
- Click on the contact’s name.
- Click the More options icon.
- Make any changes you want to the contact’s info.
- Click the Camera icon to change the contact’s image.
- Click Save.
So it’s been a while since my last post, and I am just now coming back to the blogosphere. Something happened that slowed me down for almost two months (getting fired from one job, starting a new one). Now that things are moving forward again in my life, I’m trying to fill up my empty space with something more worthwhile.
I’ve gotten a lot of criticism in the past year for not having a blog article up on my website about Yahoo! Address Book’s contact editing feature – especially since I make footer.php files to tell users that they can’t edit their contacts (for privacy reasons) and they need to get out a use Yahoo!’s program. But now I’m really going to start doing proper articles with code, features, screenshots, etc., but this one will be different – this time, I want it to be more helping-out oriented than a technical post. Keep reading after you look at some screenies for useful tips!
Is there any way besides Footer.PHP?
Yup! There are several ways to do this, but I’ll tell you the ones that are easiest for newbies:
1. Edit Yahoo Address Book in your browser. This is ideal if all of the people on your list use a browser and have no issues with cookies or other security features. But it is useless otherwise.
Yahoo! Address Book’s editing feature comes up as soon as you browse through contacts – without having to press anything. You should know how to get there by now… only two examples from my address book entry are below:
2. Use Footer Scripts over the internet (PSP-based). At first glance, these may seem pretty complex – but they’re wonderfully simple once you learn how they work, which is very easy. The only downside is that the webmasters have to update their scripts, and it may be a while before they do so, as most of the users are newbies like you.
3. Edit your Yahoo Address Book via the YAHOO! SMTP settings. This one’s tricky – you’ll need to access them from an outside email program or browser via a non-Yahoo! connection (email forwarding isn’t enough). It requires changing passwords around on different programs/accounts, but it really works if there’s no other option available. You must do this step by step, following instructions carefully according to these directions: http://www2.meltontech.com/yahoo_address_book_editing.htm
4. Use Plug-ins & Addons. These are not easy to find and use, but they’re usually the best options for advanced users. Personally, I’d pass on this one unless you have more problems than can be solved with these steps – it’ll keep things running smoothly in the long run: http://ubounderground.com/mambo/kb/viewtopic.php?t=6934
5. Send a request to your webmaster or another site owner (s). This is the riskiest way of getting what you want since it requires access to someone else’s files (which could get you banned from sites if done improperly). Plus, even though Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects users from being held liable for content created by others, it’s almost impossible to get past your ISP and local laws if you screw up. But sometimes a webmaster just doesn’t have the time or know-how to do such adjustments – so emailing them may make things easier in the long run!
A Few Odd Tips:
Here are some other handy things you can do with Address Book and Yahoo!’s SMTP settings – so start checking out those contact addresses!
1. You can also delete your search results from Yahoo! Directory. It’s easy to forget how many times a user has been linked when browsing through the directory – but it’ll be nice to know where that link is really coming from (Yahoo Search or someone else?). Once your search results are loaded, press Ctrl+End (or Cmd+End on Macs) to go to the last page of links; then you can click one of the links and delete them using the same method as described below. Delete both Search Results AND all their Hits.
2. Change your password if you get hacked via Yahoo!’s SMTP settings! If someone hacks into a site that allows access to these settings (read: most sites), they can change passwords and other settings, which is why it’s important to make sure your own account is secure!
3. Make sure you are using the right email for posting at forums. It’s easy to accidentally post a message from the wrong address – and people will see it as spam, plus it can be hard to trace back where the message came from if you do so by mistake. When something about the topic comes up in a forum or group that I manage, I like to confirm with everyone using their footer entry before sending them a PM. By the way, you can edit your own footer entry by clicking on your name in an email you send to yourself; it’s that easy!
4. Add/change email footers. You can also change/update entries from within a message (see above) – if you receive emails with multiple addresses attached and are confused as to where they’re coming from, click the Reply button next to the From line for another option. This gives more of a choice than just editing your messages – it allows you to add more contacts at once.
5. Contact people who post URLs instead of their email address. Email is considered the most secure form of communication over the internet – so when someone posts a link to a site instead of an email address, it may be because they don’t want to give out that information. Adding the user’s email to your contacts will make things easier for you in the future – and it could save a lot of headaches for everyone!
6. Create aliases. Most legitimate companies aren’t going to create duplicate accounts with other names, but some users do this just for fun or when playing around on various sites/games/etc. Keep track of what name you use most often so people can get back to you if needed!
7. Add @yahoo as one of your addresses for Yahoo! Games. This way, Yahoo!’s built-in mailer will send notifications – and other messages intended only for members of Yahoo! Games – to your regular email account. However, only your first 5 addresses will be added in this way, so if you need more than that (or want to remove some), use the Advanced Options.
8. Preserve the formatting of an address when adding it. Sometimes a user may post their address without including spaces or other characters; plus the SMTP settings don’t allow for any format changes while editing contacts – so keep this in mind if you have to add someone’s address manually. If you right-click on another entry and choose Copy Address As Text, then paste it into a new contact entry, you can preserve most of the special characters (such as *@*example.com) if needed – so it’s worth it to do so.
9. Be careful with email attachments. Just because you’re dealing with Yahoo! Mail doesn’t mean that every attachment is safe; you can get infected from inside of an email, a website, or even from a downloaded file (even if it looks innocent). I have never had problems with malware in the mail provided by Yahoo!, but there are many types out there – so be sure to scan anything you download before opening it, and avoid links that don’t look familiar.
10. Hide your conversations on the web. If someone else has access to your computer while you’re logged into Yahoo! Mail or another site/forum/etc., they’ll be able to see any conversations listed online – and that can lead to problems. To hide conversations on the main page, hover your mouse over a new chat, then click More > Hide Conversation; you’ll get a notice saying they’re hidden from everyone except you.
1. Go to Yahoo Mail.
2. Click the Contacts icon.
3. Click on the contact’s name.
4. Click the More options icon.
5. Make any changes you want to the contact’s info.
6. Click the Camera icon to change the contact’s image.
7. Click Save.
From your inbox,
Tap the More icon.
Tap View all.
Tap a contact to see their details.
Type “Internet Options” in the search bar. Go to the Advanced tab and select Security. Under security, uncheck Enhanced Protected Mode under Protection Mode for Microsoft Edge. Press apply to confirm your changes then try accessing Yahoo Mail or edit contacts on Outlook and check if it is functioning properly again.