How does Password Manager work in AOL Desktop Software 9.7.4?

Password Manager in AOL Desktop 9.7.4 is a secure, easy way to manage your online passwords and credentials. Click the headings below to learn how Password Manager works and how to manage your list of saved passwords.

How does Password Manager work?

With nearly every website requiring a username and password, Password Manager securely stores your online credentials for the sites that you specify, making it easier than ever to browse the web.

When you sign in to a website, at the top of your browser, you’ll be asked if you’d like to save the password for that site. You can select:

  • Save password: If you select Save password, AOL Desktop’s Password Manager will remember your login credentials for that site so the next time you visit the site, your credentials will already be populated in the respective fields.
  • Never for this site: If you select Never for this site, Password Manager won’t store your login credentials for the site.
  • Ask me later: If you select Ask me later, on your next visit to the site, you’ll be asked again if you’d like to Save your password.

Note: If you use Password Manager to save a password for a site, and later update the password, you'll see a prompt asking if you'd like to update the password in Password Manager.

How do I manage my list of passwords?

To see a list of the sites that you have saved:

1. Go to Keyword: Browser Settings.

2. At the bottom of the window that appears, click Manage Saved Passwords.

3. In the top box, you’ll see a list of sites that you’ve chosen to have your password saved on. For security purposes, you won’t see the actual password, just dots.

In the bottom box is the list of sites that you’ve chosen to never save your password on.

Note: To remove a site from either password list, move your pointer over the web address to highlight it and then click the X in the far right of the box.

New and improved web browser

The AOL Desktop Software 9.7.4 gives you the fastest, most reliable, and safest browsing experience yet. In addition to making your browsing experience faster and more responsive, we've added a browser-based spell check feature to make sure all your posts, comments, and tweets look as good as you do. We hope you enjoy the new and improved browsing experience in AOL Desktop Software 9.7.4!

What is the Search Auto-Complete feature in AOL Desktop Software?

We’ve recently updated the AOL Desktop software to include auto-complete functionality when using the Search feature. Now, when you search, the Search box will display a list of 10 various auto-complete options, helping you find what you’re looking for even faster than before.

To use the Search Auto-complete feature, simply start typing a search query in the search box located in the top right-hand corner of the AOL Desktop software. If you select an option from the drop-down list, it will automatically perform a search for that selection in AOL Search.

What is Tabbed Browsing in the AOL Desktop Software?

Tabbed Browsing is web-browsing bliss! Tabbed Browsing lets you open webpages in separate tabs in a single browser window.

Note: Tabbed Browsing is available in AOL Desktop Software 9.6 and above.

Each webpage is identified by a tab at the top of your browser window, making it easy to switch back and forth between websites. No more having to open separate browser windows or clicking the back and forward arrows to return to the websites you've visited!

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Here’s how to OPEN a new tab in your browser window:

1. In the upper right corner of your browser window, click New Tab.

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Here’s how to CLOSE a tab in your browser window:

1. To the right of the name of the tab that you’d like to close, click X.

Here’s how to CLOSE ALL tabs in your browser window:

1. In the upper right corner of your browser window, click X.

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That’s it! With Tabbed Browsing you’ll be jumping from webpage to webpage with a simple click of your tabs.

 

How do I turn on/off tabbed browsing?

The AOL Desktop Software opens each new webpage in a separate tab within the AOL browser window. You can turn off Tabbed Browsing at any time and an opened webpage will open in a new window.

To turn off the tabbed browsing:

1. Go to AOL Keyword: Browser Tabs.

Note: This keyword can only be accessed within the AOL Desktop Software; however, the Keyword feature is not available on AOL Desktop v10.1.

For AOL Desktop Software 9.7:
1. In the Browser Settings window, click Tabs tab.

2. Under the Open Websites section, click the circle next to In a New Window.

3. At the bottom, click Save.

For AOL Desktop Software 9.6:
1. In the Browser Settings window, on the right side, click Browser Tab Settings.

2. In the Browser Tabs Settings window, under the Open new Web pages section, click the circle next to In a new window.

3. At the bottom, click Save.

To turn on the tabbed browsing:

1. Go to AOL Keyword: Browser Tabs.

Note: This keyword can only be accessed within the AOL Desktop Software; however, the Keyword feature is not available on AOL Desktop v10.1.

For AOL Desktop Software 9.7:
1. In the Browser Settings window, click Tabs tab.

2. Under the Open Websites section, click the circle next to In a New Tab.

3. At the bottom, click Save.

For AOL Desktop Software 9.6:
1. In the Browser Settings window, on the right side, click Browser Tab Settings.

2. In the Browser Tabs Settings window, under the Open new Web pages section, click the circle next to In a new tab.

3. At the bottom, click Save.

How do I refresh a browser tab?

You may need to refresh a webpage when browsing in order to view the most up-to-date version of the webpage. Below are the various ways to refresh a webpage.

To refresh a specific webpage:

  • On the left side of the AOL Toolbar (near the address bar) click the Refresh icon.

  • On your keyboard, press the F5 key.
  • Right-click the browser tab and then click Reload Tab or Reload All Tabs.


How do I ungroup browser tabs?

The AOL Desktop Software opens each new webpage in a new tab within the AOL browser window. If you have a webpage that you want to view in a separate window you can customize your view by ungrouping the tab.

To ungroup browser tabs:

1. Open the browser window.

2. Right-click the tab you wish to ungroup, and then click Ungroup This Tab.


How do I manage my browser settings on AOL Desktop?

Note: Upgrade to the latest version of the AOL Desktop software to take advantage of great new features!

The AOL Browser Settings window allows you to tweak all settings related to your web browser within the AOL Desktop software. You can use this window to adjust graphics compression, clear your footprints, and adjust tab functionality. You can also access Internet Explorer settings, AOL Parental Controls, and AOL Pop-Up Controls.

To access the AOL Browser Settings window, visit AOL Keyword: Browser Settings. This keyword cannot be accessed with AOL Desktop v10.1.

For more information on the available settings, please select your version of AOL Desktop below. Not sure which version of AOL Desktop you're on? Read our How do I determine which version of the AOL Desktop I'm on? article.

AOL Desktop 9.7.4 (the latest version)

Select a setting or keyword below for more information.

Security

Access your security settings through the Footprints, Cookies, Location, and Parental Controls keywords.

Pop-Ups

Access your Pop-Up settings through the Pop-Up keyword.

Tabs

Access your Tab settings through the Tab, and Homepage keyword.

Display

Access your Display settings through the Display.

Media

Access your Media settings through the Image, and Graphic Compression keyword.

Advanced

Access your Advanced settings through the TopSpeed, and Plugins keywords.

AOL Desktop 9.7.2 and earlier versions

Select a setting or keyword below for more information.

TopSpeed technology

The TopSpeed Web Acceleration technology is designed to enhance your web browsing experience.

TopSpeed is turned on by default. Currently, we do not offer the ability to disable TopSpeed manually. TopSpeed will automatically turn off when it is blocked by a firewall or there is insufficient cache space.

Web graphics compression

Web graphics compression affects the download time and quality of the graphics. You can select from the following three options below.

  • Compress graphics only when I don't have a high-speed connection. (Recommended): This is the default option. Compression will only take place when you're using a dial-up connection.
  • Always compress graphics: This will always compress graphics, causing web pages to load faster but with reduced image quality.
  • Never compress graphics: This will never compress graphics, causing web pages to load slowly on dial-up connections.

Checking the check box next to Turn on maximum graphics compression will cause the AOL Browser to compress images even further. This improves web page loading times but severely deteriorates the quality of images.

Related settings

The Related Settings section has the following options:

  • Internet Explorer settings: Launches the Internet Properties window that allows you to select additional settings.
  • Browser Tab Settings: Launches the Browser Tab Settings window that allows you to control how webpages appear while using tabbed browsing.
  • AOL Parental Controls: Lets you change the Parental Controls preferences on your account.
  • Pop-Up Controls: Helps you block unwanted pop-ups while using the AOL service.
  • Marketing Preferences: Allows you to select your marketing preferences.

Note: Some of these settings may require you to sign in with master AOL Username in order to make changes.

The Related Settings section also has the Remember Browser Windows check box. If this feature is enabled, the browser window will open all the websites that were open during your last session for the next time you open a browser in AOL Desktop.

Clear footprints

Click the Clear My Footprints tab to clear the browsing history, cookies, cache and more. For more information, please see Clear cookies, cache, and history using AOL 9.0 and higher.