The new AOL Toolbar 3.1 offers several new features and customization options for quicker access to your favorite websites, email and IMs, Internet searches, and blog.
This feature extends functionality of AOL.com services from the AOL Toolbar to within the web page. When text is highlighted in a page, a context menu with six command options is displayed.
Note: Using Send to Buddy and Send to Phone require registered accounts.
- Search the Web for "(highlighted text)...: This feature allows you to search the Internet for the selected text. It has a character limit of 800 characters.
- Send selection in email: This allows you to share a web page URL or selection of text with a friend using AOL WebMail by either clicking the down arrow next to the mailbox icon, then clicking Email This Page or by highlighting text and using the AOL Toolbar popup window to select "Send selection in email". It has a character limit of 800 characters.
- IM selection to buddy: This allows you to share a web page URL or selection of text with a friend using Instant Messages by either clicking the down arrow next to the Running Man in the toolbar and selecting"IM This Page" or by highlighting text and using the AOL Toolbar popup window to select "IM selection to buddy". It has a character limit of 800 characters.
- Post selection to blog: This allows you to send the highlighted text to your AOL Journal Blog. It has a character limit of 800 characters.
- Send selection to phone: This allows you to send the highlighted text to a Cell phone. It has a character limit of 110 characters.
- Copy selection: This copies the current selection to the computerÂs clipboard.
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This feature allows you to create your own custom button using regular web page or RSS feed URLs.
To add a button to the AOL Toolbar:
1. Click the down arrow to the right of the AOL icon, then click Create A Custom Button.
2. In the Button Name box, type a name.
3. In the URL box, type the URL, then click the Save button.
To remove a custom button from the AOL Toolbar:
1. Click the down arrow to the right of the AOL icon, then click Settings.
2. Click the Content tab.
3. Under Buttons on Toolbar, click the button you wish to remove to highlight it , then click the Remove button.
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Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, provides you with highlights and headlines from participating web sites. By choosing RSS feeds, a user can have text-based highlights of the newest content delivered without having to fully load the entire site. Common examples include news headlines, listings of new articles, or blog highlights.
When you visit an AOL partner site (such as AOL News, AOL Sports, AOL Top Stories) which has an RSS/Feed, you will see a My AOL icon with blue letters with a red plus sign next to it in the upper right corner of the website. When you click on the button, it will prompt you to add this site to My AOL. At this screen, you can edit the feed title and select which RSS/Feed you want from the site you are currently visiting.
To disable RSS/Feeds:
1. Go to http://feeds.my.aol.com.
2. Click the Manage My Feeds link.
3. Click the box next to each feed you want removed from your toolbar to clear it, then click the Save All button.
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The AOL Toolbar allows you to select multiple views so that you can customize your experience. There are several pre-set toolbars; each having different specific content. Additionally, you can customize a toolbar by adding your own custom buttons. However, you cannot add custom buttons to the pre-set toolbars.
To change your toolbar view:
1. Click the down arrow to the right of the AOL icon, click Toolbars, then click the toolbar you would like displayed.
Note: If you wish to modify or customize what appears on the AOL toolbar, click the down arrow to the right of the AOL icon, click Toolbars, then click AOL.