Away message in AOL Desktop v10.1

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Away message in AOL Desktop v10.1

The Away Message feature allows you to set up and send a brief note to anyone who sends you an instant message when you are online but not at your computer, or when you do not wish to be disturbed. Your screen name appears with a yellow notepad icon next to it, on other's Buddy List window so they know you are away from your computer.

Note: If the images are 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.

How do I create my own Away Messages?

You can create multiple away messages, but only the one you set as the default message will be displayed.

1. In the Buddy List window click the status drop-down menu, and then click Edit Away Messages.

2. Click the + sign to add a new Away message.

3. Enter a title in the Enter Title: box, and then enter a message in the Enter Message: box.

Note: A descriptive title will help you recognize an Away Message at a glance, such as "Stepped Away" or "Went to lunch."

4. If you would like this Away Message to be the default away message, click the Set as Default button.

5. Click Save to close the Edit Away Messages window.

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How do I modify an Away Message?

1. In the Buddy List window click the status drop-down menu, and then click Edit Away Messages.

2. On the left panel of the Edit Away Messages window, select the desired Away Message.

3. In the Enter Title: box modify the title of the Away message. In the Enter Message: box modify the Away message.

4. If you would like this Away Message to be the default away message, click the Set as Default button.

5. Click the Save button to close the Edit Away Messages window.

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How do I turn on an Away Message in my Buddy List?

1. In the Buddy List window next to the Available button, click the Yellow notepad icon.

Note: If you have created an Away Message, click the status drop-down menu, select Away Messages, then click the desired Away Message.

2. Select the options you wish to enable for this Away Message:

  • Hide IMs: Allows you to hide all open IMs
  • Allow me to send IMs while away: Allows you to send IMs with your Away Message turned on
  • Disable sounds while away: Mutes all the buddy arrival, departure and Instant messages sound
  • Disable popup notifications while away: Disables all pop-ups
3. Click the X button to close the Away window.

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How do I turn off an Away Message in my Buddy List?

To turn off the Away message:
1. In the Buddy List window next to the Away button, click the Yellow notepad icon.

Note: If the Away window is open, click the Return From Away button.

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How do I delete an Away Message?

Deleting unused Away Messages helps reduce clutter.

1. In the Buddy List window click the status drop-down menu, and then click Edit Away Messages.

2. Select the message you wish to delete, and then click the - sign.

Note: If the message you want to delete is the current default message, select another message, click the Set as Default button, and then select the message you want to delete.

3. Click Save to close the Edit Away Messages window.

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Last updated: 10-30-2012
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