Email Basics Lesson 6: Checking Your Email

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In order to read your email or send new email, you will need to access your email account. This will require you to “sign in” (also known as "logging in").  The steps below are using Yahoo but the concepts are similar regardless of which email system you are using.

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Check Your Email

We will be using to access our email. This will require us to access the Internet. Type in the address bar and press Enter. This will bring us to Yahoo’s homepage. On their home page toward the top right is a window box that says Check your mail status: Sign In. Click Sign In.

Yahoo sign-in button

The web page changes bringing you to a page, shown below, that will allow you to enter your username (or Yahoo ID) and password. Press Enter on your keyboard after completing this information.

yahoo id and password blanks

After you log in, the above window changes to a screen providing us with how many new emails we have received since the last time we signed in. Click on Mail to move into your email account.


Be cautious.  Never give out personal information such as your social security number or banking information because of a request through email. The mail you may receive from spammers can be very deceiving.  It may appear legitimate, but if they want you to update or give out any personal information be suspicious!  You can always call a company at a phone number you already have to verify the information.

Spam is unsolicited e-mail from someone who wants you to do something. They may want you to visit a website, send out chain letters through e-mail, or have you change personal information by clicking on a link. It is best to delete suspicious emails right away.

Interesting Tidbits

To receive e-mail, send e-mail. Now that you have an e-mail account be sure to pass it along to friends and family. It is fun to receive e-mail. After a few e-mail correspondence you will be more confident while keeping in touch with those you care about.

Changing the color and size of font type is fun and can make email more fascinating to a young child.  If you have a friend with poor eyesight, changing font type and size can make email easier to read.

Vocabulary and Glossary

Check email
To log in and see if you have any new email.
To write a new message.
SPAM is unsolicited e-mail from someone who wants you to do something.
Where you keep messages (for example Inbox, Sent, Draft, Bulk, Trash)
The main email folder where all messages (except suspected spam) are deposited and where they stay until you move or delete them.
SPAM is unsolicited e-mail from someone who wants you to do something.
Sent Folder
A folder that contains copies of messages you have sent.  You must choose this option in Yahoo to activate it.
A message you have composed but have not sent yet.
Junk email or spam
Email that you throw away or delete
To send an email to the trash, where it will eventually be erased.
To email your message
Save as a draft
To save a message without sending it
Spell check
To check for misspellings and receive suggestions for correcting them
Sign out
To stop using email for now - also known as "logging out"

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More Information

More about spam:

To visit the previous website, place your mouse over the underlined link above then click. You may need to hold the CTRL button on your keyboard the same time as you click on the link. You must be connected to the internet in order for the link to work.

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