General IM settings in AOL Desktop v10.1

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General IM settings in AOL Desktop v10.1

Do you find it annoying to toggle between multiple IM screens while IMing your buddies? No worries! AOL Desktop v10.1 offers you the Grouped IM feature where in you can group multiple IM windows and enjoy a toggle free IM conversation with your buddies. To know more about such settings, click the numbers in the screen shot below.

Note: If the image is different from what you see on your computer, you do not have the latest version of AOL Desktop v10.1 software. Please install the latest version of AOL Desktop v10.1 software.

In the Buddy List window click the Edit menu, and then click Settings. Click the General IM tab to get to this window.


1. Timestamp allows you to know the exact time you sent or received an IM. Just check the Display timestamp on IMs box to get it activated.


2. Are you tired of clicking the Send button every time you send an IM? Check the Use the Enter key to send IMs box and start sending your IMs with a tap on the Enter key.


3. Want to save yourself from the hassle of toggling between multiple IM windows? Check the Use Grouped IMs to display my IMs box. You will have all your IM conversations neatly organized in a single window.


4. Have you lost any important information by closing IM windows accidentally? Check the Keep IM conversation text after IM is closed box and be rest assured of your conversation being saved until you sign out of the AOL Desktop v10.1 software.

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5. Do you fail to notice IMs from your buddies while working on another window? We have the perfect solution for you! Just check the Flash the AIM icon in the taskbar when IM messages are received box and be alerted of IMs every time you receive them.


6. Do you want to use the Tab key to insert tabs instead of jumping to the next clickable button? Just check the Use the Tab Key to insert tab box.


7. Do you tend to lose unchecked IMs while closing the Grouped IM window? Fear no more! Check the When using grouped IMs, prompt me before closing unread IMs box and be alerted of any unchecked IMs before closing the Grouped IM window.


8. Weary of spam IMs? Uncheck the Auto-accept IMs from unknown senders box and you'll be alerted of IMs from people who are not on your Buddy List window. To know more about this feature, go to How do I enable IM Catcher in AOL Desktop v10.1?.


9. Don't loose track of your Buddy Chat. Check the Flash the AIM icon in the taskbar when Chat messages are received box to let you know when your buddy sends you a message.


10. Want to know who joined and who left a Buddy Chat? Check the Show announcements when users enter and leave box to get an alert every time your buddies arrive or leave.


11. Don't want to be disturbed by a Buddy Chat invitation? Check the Block incoming Buddy Chat invitations box to block an invite. Just uncheck it to start receiving invitations again.


12. Do you like a particular font and wish you could use it while IMing without having to change it in every IM window? In the Default Font: section, choose the font , font size, text format, font color, highlight color, and background color. The setting you choose here will turn out to be the default setting for all your IMs.


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Last updated: 10-30-2012
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