I use Yahoo mail quite a bit (yes, not everyone has switched their faith to GMail !). My default browser is Opera. But, one of the most annoying feature (if you might) of Yahoo mail is their address book. For some unknown reason, Yahoo messenger contacts are not listed in the address book for the user (and this is irrespective of the browser). One needs to specifically add a user to the contact list. And the user interface to do this not intuitive either. On the left pane is the list of users that they probably got from the messenger list and when you click a user, there are options to edit the user or to add a work /home email. Now, this definitely feels a little archaic given the auto complete option that they already have; only that the find-as-you-type option for the email addresses works for contacts in the address book !
So, if you have someone in the messenger list and want to get that person’s mail id in the auto-complete list, then you go to the Contacts tab –> Click on the person’s name as stored in the messenger –> Click Add –> Provide their email id (which is the messenger id) in either the work / home (work ? come on !) and save the person’s contact. Once you do that, you can see the user in the auto complete when you type in the To: field.
Now there is another problem (and I have been bitten by this more than once) – and it is a major annoyance (as in you getting very irritated and it happens only with Opera). As you type the person’s name in the To: field and the user’s contact information from the address book is retrieved, if you pressed enter – then instead of the auto complete finishing, an empty email is sent ! Yup. My guess is that the default focus is on the Send button and an email is sent to he user. This is definitely a bug I think. I am not sure how their new user interface operates (and I don’t plan to change real soon), but in the classic interface this is a problem. And I don’t think an argument that this is works right in the new user interface is substantiated. I think this is a problem. I hope the Yahoo mail team can fix this.
Like I mentioned before, I face the second problem when I use Opera. On Firefox this doesn’t seem to happen. I haven’t tested it on Chrome / IE. It could be a non supported browser problem, but then it still is a problem isn’t it ?
I didn’t see any option in their settings page to do the (1) mentioned above. Please leave a note if it is something that is available and I didn’t look hard enough.