Visual appearance

You can change the design of your mailbox. Just choose a layout for your interface or use one of the suggested themes.

  1. Interface layout
  2. Mail window size
  3. Themes
  4. Mail viewing options
  5. How can I change the Yandex.Mail language?
  6. Formatting problems

Interface layout

Two-panel (default) interface

By default, Yandex.Mail uses a two-panel interface. The message preview is displayed on a separate page to the right from the list of folders. You can also view a message in a list of messages in this interface: it will be displayed above the list.

To return to the two-panel interface after switching to the three-panel one:

  1. Click Layout (in the upper right corner).
  2. Choose a look for your interface:

Three-panel interface

If you want to both view the list of messages and the message content, you can switch to the three-panel interface and open messages to the right or below the list of messages. To do this:

  1. Click Layout (in the upper right corner).
  2. Choose a look for your interface:

The three-panel interface makes it easier to handle emails; it uses a different email selection method.

Compact mode

If you want the list of messages to take up all the usable area of the screen and to display more messages without scrolling:

  1. Enable the Layout → Compact message mode option (top right corner of the screen) and the messages will be shown more compactly.
  2. Enable the Layout → Compact menu option (top right corner of the screen) and your message list will cover the top line of the menu as well.
  3. Click and the list of folders will collapse, leaving icons that only display your folders with unread mail and system folders in its place.
    Note. If you want the collapsed list to display all the folders as well:
    1. Go to All settings  → Other.
    2. Disable Show only folders containing unread messages in the mail interface.

    You can change the folder list width manually: place the cursor over the right border (it will look like ←||→), left-click and move the list border to the right or to the left.

Light interface

If your Internet connection is rather slow, the web browser does not support Javascript, or you use a special web browser with accessibility features which reads the page text aloud, then you can switch to the light interface of Yandex.Mail. To do this, click Light version in the lower part of the page.

The light interface is intended only for basic operations with messages, such as creating, reading, viewing attachments, labeling messages, etc. Themes are not supported, and there is no way to configure custom buttons or message filters.

To switch back to the fully functional default interface of Yandex.Mail, click Full version.

Mail window size

You can adjust the size of the Yandex.Mail window. Hold the cursor on the right border and it will change to this: ←||→. Then left-click and hold while dragging the mailbox border to the right or to the left.


You can select between a plain and thematic appearance for Yandex.Mail. To apply a theme, click in the upper right corner and then left-click the theme you want.

The standard theme for Yandex.Mail is “Colors” (first in the list). To go back to the default formatting:
  1. And click in the upper-right corner.
  2. Click on the Colors theme.
  3. Select a formatting color.

Mail viewing options

In the two-panel interface, you can view the message text in a general list of messages or on a separate page. To read an email in the list:

  1. Go to Settings  → Other.
  2. Enable the open message in list of messages option.
  3. Save the changes.

How can I change the Yandex.Mail language?

There are a few different ways to change your Yandex.Mail interface language:

On the email page

Flip the language switch in the lower right corner of the page:

In Yandex.Mail settings

Go to All settings and select a language in the left column.

Formatting problems

If you can't change the interface theme or there are problems with formatting or buttons, try refreshing the page by clicking Ctrl+F5. Then clear the browser cache and set up your cookie parameters before trying that action again.

Temporarily disable all plug-ins and extensions in the browser. Often they are the cause of Yandex.Mail errors. If ad blockers or antivirus extensions are causing problems with Yandex.Mail, then you can add the Mail page to the list of exceptions for that particular extension.

It's also possible that you are using an outdated browser; install the latest version of your browser.