My General Mail settings in AOL 9.0

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My General Mail settings in AOL 9.0

AOL Mail settings provide customization options for your mailbox and email preferences.

To access Mail Settings
1. Click the Mail menu, and then click Mail Settings.

2. Choose your email preferences.

You can choose from the following options:

Mail Away Message settings
Default Mailbox view settings
Show me mail from settings
Sort mail in my mailbox by settings
Old mail Preference settings
Reply to messages with and Quote Style settings
Other settings

Mail Away Message settings

You can create personalized away messages to let people who send you emails know that you are currently unavailable to read their messages or reply to them. An away message is ideal when you're leaving for a holiday, and you want to let people know when you'll be returning.

To create an email away message, click the Mail menu, click Mail Settings, and then click the word here in To change your Mail Away Message settings, click here.

The Mail Away Message window has four options:

  • No mail away message: Choose this option to stop Mail Away Messages from being sent to emails that you receive. This is the default option.
  • Hello, I am unavailable to read your message at this time: Select this option to send Mail Away Messages with the default text.
  • Hello, I am away until __ and am unable to read your message: Select this option to let the sender know that you will be unavailable until the given date.
  • Custom: Select this option to customize your Mail Away Message.

Note: If a person sends you more than one email when you are away, he/she will receive your away message reply only for the first email. When you become available again, remember to turn off your away message.

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Default Mailbox view settings

The Default Mailbox view section offers two choices - New and Manage Mail. You can choose the mailbox tab that you want displayed when you open your mailbox.

Show me mail from settings

You can decide which emails you want to see when you open your mailbox. The section By default, show me mail from offers you two choices:

  • Everyone: Select this option to display all emails in your New Mail tab.
  • People I know: Select this option to display emails from everyone in your AOL address book and Buddy List. You will also be able to see special emails, if any, including Official AOL Mail and AOL Voicemail.

Sort my mailbox settings

You can choose to sort your emails in several ways. Click the Mail menu, click Mail Settings, click the Sort mail in my mailbox by drop-down menu to open it, choose a sorting option from the list, and then click Save. You can choose from the following sorting options:

  • Type: Sort your emails by type; for example, emails from people you know or email from bulk senders.
  • Date (newest at top): Sort emails by the date they were received, with the newest email at the top of the list.
  • Date (newest at bottom): Sort emails by the date they were received, with the newest email at the bottom of the list.
  • email Address: Sort emails by email addresses of the people who sent you the emails.
  • Subject: Sort your emails by the subject line of the emails sent to you.

Old Mail preference setting

After you have read an email, it is moved to your Old Mail tab. Your email will remain in your Old Mail for one to seven days, depending on the settings you choose. The default setting is three days. You can choose your preference by clicking the up or down arrow next to the Keep my old mail online __ days after I have read it box.

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Reply to messages with and Quote Style settings

The Reply to messages with and Quote Style options are available only for AOL 9.0 SE/LE or AOL 9.0 Security Edition software.

The Reply to message with section offers two options:

  • Selected Text Only: Only the text that you highlight before replying to an email will be included in your reply.
  • Original Text: All the text in the original email will automatically be included in your reply email.

The Quote Style section offers three options:

  • Blue Bar: Displays a blue bar next to the text from the original email to which you are replying.
  • Indent: Indents the text from the original email to which you are replying.
  • None: Does not differentiate the new text from the text in the original email to which you are replying.

Other settings

You can customize many other email features by clicking the box next to the feature. Placing a check mark in the box will enable the feature, and clearing the box will disable the feature. There are six options to choose from:

  • Notify me before opening mail containing pictures: You will receive a pop-up warning when you open an email with embedded pictures.
  • Retain all mail I read in my Saved Mail Folder: Every email that you read will automatically be saved in the Saved Mail folder in your Personal Filing Cabinet.
  • Confirm that mail has been sent: Each time you send an email, you will receive a pop-up confirmation that the email was sent.
  • Perform a spell check before sending mail: A spell check will be performed on your email before the email is sent.
  • Retain all mail I send in my Mail I've Sent Folder: Each email that you send will automatically be saved in the Mail I've Sent folder in your Personal Filing Cabinet.
  • Hide images & disable links in mail from unknown senders: email from unknown senders will be displayed without any images. All the links in the email will also be disabled.

3. Click Save.

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Last updated: 06-10-2014
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