In the old Yahoo, you had perhaps 20 emails per "page", like these CNet messages, and you had to page through them using a "--->next" button or something like that. In the new Yahoo, all you get is several million emails in one scrollable window that you have to scroll up and down. Like Gmail.
Am I right?
If so, then the old view could be called "pagination" or a "paginated view" and the new one would just be a giant list of all your emails.
Okay. So far so good.
Now, if you download T'bird, Pegasus or any other offline email client program you will *start* with a list like the new Yahoo view that you hate so much. Sorry, but that's how email was first done when people got maybe two a day and they never collected them. Email was easy in those days. [Yes I'm old enough to remember them.]
So how do you make T'bird or Pegasus look more like "pages"? Folders. Folders and filters to put emails into them.
A folder for Sue, with a "put sue@gmail mails into Sue's Folder" rule.
A folder for 2002, a folder inside "2002" for "M01-Jan", for "M02-Feb" et cetera, and the appropriate rules to guide emails into them.
In T'bird, there is a "View/Sort by date" option, or sort by sender or by subject, and there is a "Group by sort" option that will separate "Today", "Yesterday", "Last Week" or will group emails in bunches by subject and sort of show them as separate "pages" (almost).
So there are ways to get your "pages" back, even offline, but it takes a little learning of how the programs work. All email programs do the same job, they fetch and display emails, or send them, but they all use different names, rules, ways of doing things and awkward little complexities. That's why I'm being very vague about how to do things. I mainly use Thunderbird for emails, but you might hate it and might love Mulberry or the hideous Windosed Dead Male.
Lots of CNet readers like Thunderbird (T'bird) but there are thousands of email programs floating about. Apple has at least two in MacOS. Microsoft has lots.
http://email.about.com/od/windowsemailclients/tp/free_email_prog.htm you may hate all of these
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_email_clients you gotta love WikiP for its inclusiveness
http://download.cnet.com/windows/e-mail-software/ this is a paginated view of a long list of programs that Download.com store. I no longer use download.com but others do.
Does any of this help, or am I going *way* down the wrong track here?