AIM 8 for Windows & Mac: Profile and Settings

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AIM 8 for Windows & Mac: Profile and Settings

Manage your AIM profile, settings, notifications, and status. Select an FAQ below to expand more information.

How do I change my picture?

You have the option of using your computer's camera to take a picture or using an existing picture on your hard drive.

Using your computer to take a picture

  1. Click your current AIM picture in the top left of your screen.
  2. Under your picture, click Change.

  3. Click Use my computer's camera.

  4. If the Adobe Flash Player Settings screen appears, select Allow and then click Close.

  5. Take a picture with 3, 2, 1. The camera gives you 3 seconds to pose.

  6. Once your picture is taken, click and drag to move it around or use the adjuster to adjust the border.

  7. Once your satisfied with your picture, click Save.

Using an existing picture

  1. Click on your current AIM picture in the top left of your screen.
  2. Under your picture, click Change.

  3. Click Choose a file from my computer.

  4. Select the picture you want to use and click Open.

  5. Once you've selected your picture, click and drag to move it around or use the adjuster to adjust the border.

  6. Once you're satisfied with your picture, click Save.

How do I update my status?

Let everyone one know what's new with you by updating your status. Just follow the instructions below to change it.

  1. Click the AIM Updates icon on the left of the AIM window.
  2. Enter your update.
  3. Select any additional social networks you want to post your status to. The default is AIM.
  4. Click Post. Your status will update to AIM and all applicable social networks.

How do I  turn off notification sounds?

If you prefer to disable sound notifications for IMs, buddy status updates, and the like, follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. From the menu bar, click File and then select Preferences.
  3. On the Settings screen, click Sounds on the left menu.
  4. Under Sound Preferences, click edit.

  5. From the available options, select No sound. The setting change should save automatically and you will no longer hear sounds play for notifications.

How do I change my availability?

Headed to lunch? Don't want your friends to think you're ignoring them? No worries! You can change your availability in a flash. Just follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Click Account Info (your icon/picture) in the top left corner of the AIM window.

  3. Under your Username, click the Availability drop-down menu and select either Available, Busy, or Invisible. Available shows you as green and ready to chat, Busy shows you as red and away from your computer, and Invisible hides your online presence to others.

How do I change my name?

Follow the instructions below to change your displayed name in AIM.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Click Account Info (your icon/picture) in the top left corner of the AIM window.

  3. Click on your name.
  4. In the Edit Your Name window, enter your First Name and Last Name. If you want to keep your name private, deselect Allow other AIM users to see my name. Type your desired name.

  5. Click Save. That's it. Your name should appear as you entered it.

How do I add social notifications?

Here's how to add notifications to your AIM account:

  1. From the menu bar, click File and select Preferences.

  2. Under Settings, select Third Party Accounts.

  3. To add contacts from Facebook or Google Talk, click the corresponding option and then log in to your account. Once contacts are added, they will display within your Contacts list.

  4. To add feeds or social notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, or AOL Mail, click the corresponding option and log in to the service. Once a feed or social network is configured, status updates or notifications will display in the Updates section of the AIM window.

  5. You may also select an individual social network to filter status updates specifically to that network.




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Last updated: 08-06-2014
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