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Change my download settings

About download settings

Download settings control the behavior of files you download from email. They give you the ability to choose if you wish to be notified of downloads, what happens to files once they are downloaded, and where to store them. The Download Settings feature of the AOL Download Manager allows you to:

  • Be notified before certain files are downloaded.
  • Specify if you want images to be automatically opened after they are downloaded.
  • Confirm when files are added to your download list.
  • Decide how to handle compressed files.
  • Specify the number of downloads for which information is retained .
  • Specify a folder to store downloaded files.

About the AOL Downloads Folder

The AOL Download Manager creates a separate folder for storing downloaded files. Depending on your operating system, the location of this folder is as follows:

  • For Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\AOL Downloads
  • For Windows 2000: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\AOL Downloads
  • For Windows 98 and Windows Me: C:\AOL Downloads

FAQs

Change My download settings
Notify me before questionable files are downloaded
Automatically display images after they are downloaded
Confirm when I add files to my download list
Automatically decompress Zip files
Delete Zip files after they are decompressed
Retain information about my last downloads
Put files I download in the following directory

Change my download settings

The Download Settings window can be accessed either from the Sign On screen or when you are online. It is not available with Guest sign on.

To access the Download Settings window:
1. On the AOL menu bar, click the File menu, then click Download Manager.
2. On the top right of the Download Manager window, click the Preferences button.
3. Select the desired settings, then click the Save button to record the changes.

Notify me before questionable files are downloaded

This setting is selected by default and causes a confirmation screen to appear whenever you try to download certain file types (such as graphic images or executable files). It allows you to cancel the download if you are unsure of the source or the sender.

Warning: Not selecting this option could cause objectionable or malicious content to get downloaded without your knowledge and harm you computer.

Automatically display images after they are downloaded

This setting is selected by default and causes AOL to open and display graphic files as soon as they are downloaded. Otherwise, you must manually open the file(either with AOL or another graphics program) after you download it.

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Confirm when I add files to my download list

This setting is selected by default and requires you to click the OK button each time you add a file to the Download Manager. Otherwise, files are added to the Download Manager without notification.

Automatically decompress Zip Files

This setting allows you choose when you wish to decompress Zip files:

  • When I download them
  • When I sign off
  • Do not decompress

Note: Zip is a Windows compression format that allows large or multiple files to be packed together. It reduces storage space and enables faster download. By default, AOL will automatically extract such files, letting you access them as soon as they are downloaded.

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Delete Zip files after they are decompressed

If you select this option, AOL will automatically delete the compressed file, leaving only the extracted contents in your download folder.

Retain information about my last downloads

This setting allows you to keep track of recent downloads, making it easier to retrieve previous downloads from the Download Manager. Use the arrow keys or enter a number in the box to specify how many downloaded files should be recorded. The default number is 100, and the maximum is 99999.

Put files I download in the following directory

By default, files you download are put in the My Documents folder.

If you click Specific Folder to select it, files will now be saved in the AOL Downloads folder. You can specify another location if you wish, by clicking the Browse button to navigate and select a different folder, or create a new one.

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Last updated: 08-11-2011
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