Email is a very personal thing. The various settings in AOL Mail let you customize your email experience to just the way you like it. Expand the headings and FAQs below to learn more about the Settings in AOL Mail.

Composing and Sending Mail Settings

How do I set the default font for email in AOL Mail?

Do you want to use a different font besides Arial for your email? No problem. Setting your default font in AOL Mail is a snap.

To set your default font for email:

1. Above your mailbox, in the upper right, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click Compose.

3. In the Rich Text / HTML section, make sure the Use Rich Text / HTML Editing box is checked. Then, select your Font and Font Size from the appropriate drop-down menu (arrow).

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

Voila! Enjoy your new font. You can temporarily change your font using the font editor tool (FF drop-down menu under the Subject field) while composing a message.

How do I set up AOL Mail to always display the Cc and Bcc boxes?

You can change your AOL Mail settings to always show the Cc and Bcc boxes for quick and easy access.

To always display the Cc and Bcc boxes:

1. Above your mailbox, in the upper right, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click Compose.

3. In the Compose section, click the boxes next to Always show Cc field and Always show Bcc field so there is a check mark in each.

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4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Settings.

Voila! From now on, when you compose a message, the Cc and Bcc fields will always be showing.

How do I enable or disable spell check?

In AOL Mail you can enable or disable auto spell check. Auto spell check will automatically check your email for spelling errors before it's sent.

To enable or disable auto spell check:

1. In the upper right, next to your Username, click Options, and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click Compose.

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3. In the Sending section, click the box next to Check spelling before sending messages so it's checked. If you'd like to disable auto spell check, make sure there isn't a check mark in the box.

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4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Settings.

All done! Now wasn't that easy?

How do I use the HTML formatting tool in AOL Mail?

Who says email has to be boring? Use the HTML formatting toolbar in AOL Mail (or Rich text editor) to add some pizzazz to your emails. You can change the style, color, and size of your font or bold, italicize, or underline text. You can also add stationery backgrounds or emoticons (smiley faces! :-) to your messages.

You can find the HTML formatting toolbar above the large text box where you type your message.

Please see the references below to learn how to use HTML in your emails. 

  • Click FF to adjust the font of your email.
  • Click Aa to adjust the size of your font.
  • Click B to use bold.
  • Click I to italicize a word or letter.
  • Click U to underline something.
  • Click the smiley face to add an emoticon :-).
  • Click Stationery to add a stationery background to your message.

How do I disable Autosave drafts in AOL Mail?

Here’s how to disable the autosave drafts feature:

1. Above your mailbox, below your Username, click Options and then click Settings.

2. In the left panel, click Compose.

3. In the main viewing panel, next to Autosave, click the box next to Enable autosave of draft messages to remove the check and to disable the feature.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.

That's it. Autosave disabled.

Receiving and Reading Mail Settings

How do I set AOL Mail to notify me when I get new mail?

Expecting an important email? You can set up AOL Mail to play a sound to notify you when a new message arrives.

Here's how:

1. Above your mailbox, in the upper right, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click General.

3. In the "New Mail" section, click the box next to Play a sound when new mail arrives so there's a check mark next to it.

Note: Click Preview if you'd like to hear the new mail alert sound.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

All done! Now you'll know the moment a new message arrives. Yay!

How do I read mail in a new window?

Reading mail in a new window in AOL Mail is a snap! You can either read in a new window once in awhile by clicking a button, or you can set Mail to always read messages in a new window.

To read in a new window whenever you're in the mood, just click the expanding-arrows icon above a message:

If you're always in the mood for a fresh browser window for each message, here's how to set Mail to give you the new window every time:

1. In the upper right, just below your Username, click the down arrow next to Options, then click Settings.

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2. In the left panel, click General.

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3. In the Pop-up Windows section, check the box next to Always read mail in a new window.

4. At the bottom of the page, click Save. That's it!

Can I preview my emails before opening them?

Want a quicker way to read your email? Using the reading pane view in AOL Mail lets you view your mail and read your messages all in the same window. Interested? I thought so!

To enable the reading pane view:

1. Above your mailbox, in the upper right, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. On the General Settings page, in the Reading section, click the box next to Enable reading pane to preview mail so it's checked.

 

4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Settings.

That's it! You'll be speed reading through your mail in no time!

How do I hide images from unknown senders?

Hiding images from unknown senders is an important way to protect yourself from computer viruses (which can be embedded in pictures sent in an email). Hiding images from unknown senders can also help you to not end up on another spam sender's distribution list!

 

To hide images in mail from unknown senders:

1. In the upper right of your Inbox, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click General.

3. In the Reading section, click the check box next to Hide images in mail from unknown senders.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

You should now know how to hide images from unknown senders in AOL Mail.

Display and Sound Settings

How do I change my Display Name?

Have a cool nickname that you usually go by? Let people easily identify your emails by changing your Display Name.

Note: When entering your Display Name, please do not use the letters "AOL, aol, A.O.L" or any variation of AOL as this will cause issues with sending mail from your account. Some third party email clients or mobile devices may add AOL to your Display Name. If you see an error message and are having trouble sending mail, please make sure your Display Name does not have AOL in the name under the email client or mobile device's mail Account Settings.

To change your Display Name:

1. In the upper right, above your mailbox, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click Compose.

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3. In the box next to 'Display Name', enter the name that you'd like people to see when you send them mail.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

All done! People will see your new display name when you send them mail, but they'll still see your email address.

How do I change or turn off the theme in AOL Mail?

You can change your AOL Mail inbox theme to match your mood, the season, or just for fun!

To change your AOL Mail inbox theme:

1. Above your mailbox, in the top right, click Options, then click Mail Themes.

2. Click on a theme to add it to your mailbox. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also click the box at the bottom next to Use Random Theme to get a different theme every time you sign in to your account.

3. Once you've selected the theme you want, click Save.

Turn Off Theme

While there is not a way to turn off themes, there are two very un-distracting themes to choose from: High Contrast and Classic:

Hope you like the look of your inbox. If you've got any feedback for us, click the Feedback button in the far upper-right corner of AOL Mail. Thanks!

How do I turn off the “You’ve got mail” voice?

Here's how:

1. In the upper-right corner of AOL Mail, click Options and select Settings.

2. The 'General Settings' page opens. In the section labeled 'New Mail,' un-check the box that says "Play a sound when new mail arrives."



3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

Done!

Away Settings

How do I set up an away message?

Going on vacation? Let your friends and family know by setting up an away message, that will auto-reply to mail that you receive while you're away.

To set up an away message:

1. In the upper right, above your mailbox, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click General.

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3. In the "Mail Away Message" section, click the No mail away message drop-down arrow and click either I am unavailable, I am away until..., or Custom. If you select Custom, you can type your own personal away message in the text box provided.

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4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Settings.

All done! You'll need to remove your away message when you return. Don't forget the sunscreen!

How do I set up AOL Mail to automatically sign off if I’m inactive?

You can set AOL Mail to automatically sign you out after you've been idle for a prolonged period of time.

Here's how:

1. Above your mailbox, in the upper right, click Options and then click Mail Settings.

2. In the left panel, click General.

3. In the Auto Sign Off section, click the drop-down menu and select an option that best fits you. You can select 30 minutes, 2 hours, 8 hours, 24 hours, or 2 weeks.

4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Settings and you're set!

General Mailbox Settings

My inbox is missing the Date Subject and/or From column. How do I get it back?

If you're not seeing Date, Subject, or From columns in AOL Mail, the Reset Columns button will bring them back.

Note: If you experience this problem using the AOL Desktop Software, please visit our help article Unable to see the date, subject, or From columns in my mailbox using the AOL Desktop Software.

To see columns:

1. Right-click on any column heading that you can see, such as From, Subject, Date, the paperclip (attachment) column, or the flag column.

2. In the menu that opens, click Reset Columns.


 

That should do the trick! Enjoy the return of the columns.