The AOL service includes access to email. You can send email to AOL users and other Internet email addresses using the AOL Desktop for Mac software. Using AOL Mail, you can write a generic email or you can spruce it up with pictures, emoticons, and signatures.

How to

Send an email

1. On the AOL toolbar, click the Mail icon.

2. Click Write Mail.

3. In the To box, type the email address of the person to whom you want to send the email. To send the same message to multiple people, simply separate each email address by a comma.


  • You can also add email addresses from the Address Book by clicking your Address Book on the Write Mail window, and then dragging the appropriate email addresses to the To or Cc box.
  • You can send email to any AOL user by typing the screen name of the person in the To or Cc box. However, to send email to people who use other email applications, you must include the entire email address along with the domain. Example: If you leave out any part of the email address, the email will be returned to you undelivered.

4. In the Subject box, type a suitable subject line for your email.

5. Type your message in the message box. When you have finished, click Send.

6. If you do not want to send the email immediately, you can save it by clicking Save Draft.

Note: To retrieve the emails that you saved as drafts, go to your mailbox by clicking the Mail icon on the toolbar, and then click the Drafts folder.

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Read an email

1. On the AOL toolbar, click the Mail icon.

2. In the mailbox window, click the Inbox tab, and then double-click the email that you want to read from the list of emails that you've received.

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Check for unread email

All new emails will have a blue dot next to them; they will be marked in bold.

If you see an email that is marked in bold but has no blue dot, it means that the mail was read, and then marked as unread by clicking Mark As Unread.

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Respond to an email

If you wish to reply to an email, you can do so in any of the following ways:

  • Reply: Click Reply to respond only to the sender of the email.
  • Reply All: Click Reply All to respond to the sender and everyone else who received the email. Anyone that received a BCC of the original email will not be included in the reply all email.
  • Forward: Click Forward to forward the email to another email address.

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