It sounds like you’re using webmail…that is, you’re using a browser and managing your mail using Yahoo’s webmail application.
If that’s the case, I’m not sure you can do what you want. Many webmail applications are severely limited in their mail management capabilities, and in the other features that are common in stand-alone mail applications (for example, Mozilla’s Thunderbird, or SeaMonkey’s Mail & Newsgroups application).
I just tried using filters on a Yahoo Inbox to move all the messages from a given sender to a new folder for that sender. It doesn’t work. Apparently, the filters will only move the messages at the time they come in. It seems the filters won’t sort the messages once they’ve already hit the Inbox.
My best advice is that you download a standalone mail app like Thunderbird, configure it to work with your Yahoo mail account, and then use T’bird’s powerful mail management features to sort and delete the unwanted messages. You should set it up for IMAP (not POP) if you want to be able to manage all your mail folders from within Thunderbird.
For example, you’ll be able to search your Inbox and make it display ONLY the messages from a given sender. Then you can easily select all of those messages at once, and delete them. That will move them to a trash folder, and you can then empty the trash to permanently delete all of those messages. Simple!
You’ll still be able to use webmail, although I’m not sure why you’d want to. Apart from the fact that webmail has already demonstrated its inability to manage your mail the way you want, Yahoo’s webmail application excludes certain essential features such as message receipts and encryption, as well as numerous other composing features that you get with a full-featured email application like Thunderbird.
I hope that helps. If it doesn’t, you’ve just learned why webmail is not the first choice of communicants who rely on email for managing their communications.
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