Setting Up Windows Email to Reply to Craigslist Ads

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

You're supposed to be able to click on the email link in a Craigslist ad to reply to the ad. The email will automatically contain the link to the ad you're replying to.

How can I set up my email account to do this? Because my "windows email" is not configured with my "pop" email account (yahoo), I can't reply to an ad on Craigslist just by clicking on the email address. Instead, I have to copy the email address, then open my yahoo email account, and compose a new email by pasting the email address in it. If I want the link to the ad in the email, I then have to go back to the ad, copy the web address and paste it into the yahoo email I'm composing. If I want the title of the ad in the subject line, I then have to copy and paste it. If I could just reply to the Craigslist ad, all these steps would automatically be done for me.

When I do all this, naturally the email comes from my yahoo account, not Craigslist's account, so I'm fearing a lot of my replies are being filtered out as spam naturally since it's a yahoo account.

I don't want to have all my yahoo emails downloaded into Outlook Express or something. I just want to easily reply to the CL ads. What do I need to do to make it happen?

I use Yahoo email and Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7.

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I think I understand what you are referring to.

I use Thunderbird, which is the mozilla equivalent to Outlook.

I have it set NOT to download my mail into the program... and I have many 'accounts' set up to send mail, but not receive.

I have various email accounts [hotmail, comcast, and yahoo] all used for different things, so i send from different account... all thru Thunderbird.

I've never used Craigslist -- so i can't really help you there.

I also believe Microsoft has "gone away from" Outlook, and now use "Live Mail" ?? if i'm not mistaken.

you should be able to set up accounts in there for your outgoing mail.

Hopefully someone who uses it will be able to assist... or try a search on setting up an account in whatever MS program you have.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

See if this helps you at all

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Even if you set up the Windows email to work when you click on the email link, it's still going to be using your Yahoo email address so you'll save yourself a step or two but it won't fix the issue of the messages coming from a Yahoo account and getting dumped as spam. There are other free sites to set up email accounts (Gmail, Hotmail, etc) so you could try making an account with one of them and see if you have better success (although that's probably going to be an issue with any of the free email domains). If you've got an email address with your internet provider's domain name that may be your best bet.

Washington, MO(Zone 6a)

I'm pretty sure that Firefox 3 (and later) has that ability.

Tools --> Options --> Applications

Scroll down to "mailto" and click whatever is listed in the "Action" column.

A dropdown arrow should appear for that cell.

Select: "Use Yahoo! Mail"

Click: OK


Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

TCS1366, that's the info I need. But if I do all that in that link you gave me, will that make it download my emails to my computer? I don't want to do that. So how do I make it NOT do that, like you did on your computer?

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)


there should be something to "Check" to NOT download. Thunderbird has that... my son has Vista... lemme see if i can do a walk thru and find it.


Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I did see an option that said, "Do not download at this time." I didn't know what that meant at the time. So let me try to set it up again and see if it works. Thanks so much, Terese!!


Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

no problem NancyAnn.

Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

The reply from LinnaLandau looks like spam. Don't click on the link. I have notified administration.

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