Select an FAQ below to learn more about navigating around and using AOL.com.

General FAQs

How do I make AOL.com my homepage?

You can make AOL.com the default homepage of your browser so that you are presented with AOL.com every time you launch the browser. Here's how:

  • You may see a banner that says Make AOL my homepage on the page. Clicking this button will present you the options to set AOL as your homepage.

    Set Homepage Banner

  • If you are you are logged into your AOL account on AOL.com, hover over your username and select, Set AOL as Homepage.

    Set Homepage from drop down

OR you can set it manually in your browser's settings:

To set or change your homepage on Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options.

Note: Certain versions of Internet Explorer may not display the menu bar by default. Tap the Alt key on your keyboard to display the menu bar.

3. On the General tab, in the Home page section, delete the URL or text that is displayed in the box.

4. Type the URL of the website you want to set as your homepage in the same box, and then click OK.

5. Close your browser. The next time you launch your browser, the website you set as your homepage will appear.

To set or change your homepage on Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox.

2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Options

3. On the General tab, delete the URL or text that is displayed in the Home Page box.

4. Type the URL of the website you want to set as your homepage in the Home Page box, and then click OK.

5. Close your browser. The next time you launch your browser, the website you set as your homepage will appear.

To set or change your homepage on Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome (the wrench icon).

3. Click Settings.

  • Add the home button to the browser toolbar

    By default Homepage button is turned off. In the Appearance section, select the Show Home button checkbox to show the homepage.

  • Set your homepage

    When the Show Home button checkbox is selected, a web address appears below. If you want the Homepage button to open up a different webpage, click Change to enter a link.

4. Click OK.

To set or change your homepage on Safari:

1. Open Safari.

2. Click on Safari settings (the gear icon).

3. Click Preferences.

4. Click the General tab, under the Homepage text box type the URL of the website you want to set as your homepage.

5. Click Close.

You've successfully changed your homepage.

How do I change my password?

Given below is a list of articles that will answer the most common questions that you may have about your AOL or AIM passwords. Click the appropriate link to find the information you require.

Prefer phone support? Contact us (paid members only) or upgrade your AOL plan to receive 24/7, live AOL technical support.

Can I access AOL.com internationally?

Are you living abroad? Do you want a little taste of home? If you want international access to AOL.com from outside the United States and try to visit the site, you’ll likely be automatically redirected to the AOL website of your current country of residence. 

Never fear – there’s a way around this. Instead of going to www.AOL.com, type www.AOL.com/?intl=stay into your browser. This sneaky little URL will take you directly to the U.S. version of the AOL home page. 

Now you can stay up-to-date on your homeland’s business, sports and entertainment news while you bake apple pie and hum “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Navigating, Reading, and Searching on AOL.com

What features are available on AOL.com?

AOL.com has been built around the people who use it and we've made sure every pixel is perfect. Over the years, we've evolved our homepage to help you simplify the web and your life, both of which only seem to get more complicated. Features of AOL.com include:

  • The News You Need

    This is where AOL highlights feature stories, entertainment news, sports, and finance content, plus the latest national, world, and video news. These news items are hand-picked and updated by AOL's homepage editors, so this is content curation at its very best (as opposed to automated feed-driven content). This section of content occupies a prime top-left spot on AOL.com, which is an indication of how focused AOL is on offering the best news on the web (the news you need, when you need it).

  • Mail, Video, and Favorites

    AOL Mail, Video, and Favorites! Quick access to your favorite essentials are just a click away at the top right of the screen next to the Search box.

  • What's on AOL

    Looking for a link to AOL Games or AOL Real Estate? No worries! Hover over the navigation bar--right under the search bar--to find all your favorite AOL websites. Here you'll also find topics and stories that are currently unfolding, in the Unfolding Now section, located under the Today heading of the navigation bar.

  • Local News and Weather

    Enter your ZIP code to get the best real-time news and weather updates for your neck of the woods.

  • Did You See?

    Did You See? is a strip of fun, engaging, and important stories that people are currently talking about, right down the middle of the page.

  • Popular Stories and Videos

    See what stories and videos are trending from various AOL brands, right down the left side of the AOL.com homepage.

  • News Headlines

    Get the latest news headlines from the different categories including business, sports, across america, entertainment, health, and lifestyle in your left-hand news column.

  • AOL Original Shows

    See what's happening with AOL's Original shows by exploring this widget, found in the bottom right corner of the homepage.

How can I search on AOL.com?

AOL Search is different! It searches the way you think. You get the complete search experience -- a wide variety of results in one try without the need to perform additional searches. By using AOL Search powered by Google, you search less and discover more.

The easiest way to search from AOL.com is to simply type a desired word or a phrase in the AOL Search field located at the top or bottom of the homepage, then hit the Enter key on your keyboard or Click Search button. AOL Search will find what you tell it to find. Included below are some ways to better find what you want.

Choose specific words:

Use specific words to describe exactly what you're looking for. General words return a larger number of results, though more broad. For example:

  • Enter "blueberry pancake recipe" instead of "recipes."
  • Be mindful of words with more than one meaning. If you're looking for information on modeling, make sure you specify fashion modeling, clay modeling or mathematical modeling.

Require or exclude words:

  • To require words, type the plus sign (+) in front of each word that must be in the search results. So if you want to see pages about vegetables and you mean zucchini in particular, search for "vegetables+zucchini." Make sure you include a space before the minus sign (+) but not after.
  • To exclude words, type minus sign (-) in front of each word that cannot be in the search results. So, if you want to see pages about vegetables with no mention of zucchini, search for "vegetables-zucchini." Make sure you include a space before the minus sign (-) but not after.

Search for exact phrases:

To search for an exact phrase, put quotation marks around two or more words. For example, use "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to find content for the movie. You can also use hyphens to connect a phrase such as "brother-in-law."

Perform multiple searches simultaneously:

If you're equally interested in two or more alternatives, type "OR" in capital letters. So, if you are interested in seeing results for both kayaking and biking in New Zealand, search for "New Zealand kayaking OR biking."

Tips:

  • You do not have to worry about capitalization when entering search terms. AOL Search does not differentiate between upper-case and lower-case letters.
  • You don't need to use "and" between words in your search. AOL Search automatically inserts "and" between multiple words.
  • If you don't get any results with search words, try using different words with the same meaning.

How can I pause the featured stories slideshow?

You may have noticed that the pause button is no longer there. That's because all you need to do now to stop the rotation is to hover your mouse over the photo or the links. And when you want to restart the rotation, simply move your mouse off the image or links and it will resume. It's that easy!

How can I customize my News headlines with my favorite sources on AOL.com?

To customize your AOL.com with news from your favorite sources, simply select the news provider you want from the drop-down (which appears to the right of each news section) and the section will populate with stories from that source.

There are a couple of items to note while using this new option:

  • If you select a different provider and close your browser, it will be the selected source the next time you return to AOL.com in the same browser.
  • If you've made the selection while signed into AOL, then regardless of what browser you use, it will remain the provider of choice once you've signed back into AOL.
  • Once you’ve chosen a news provider, the "Latest Headlines" and "More News" links will also direct to your chosen news source.

How can I download a video from an AOL branded site?

This feature is available only for a few videos across AOL’s branded sites. If the Download Video button is readily displayed, you may download the video. If you can’t find the Download Video button anywhere on the video itself or the page on which it’s displayed, you won’t be able to download the video. Sorry!

A video won't play or display properly. How can I fix this?

Ah, those darn videos. Sometimes they won’t display properly or won’t even play at all. Frustrating, we know. Keep on reading for solutions to your problem. Let’s get you fixed up and back to watching.

First things first: restart your computer. This usually resolves a ton of issues, especially if your computer is running low on memory (which can cause video playback to suffer or fail entirely).

If you're still having problems after a restart, install or update Adobe Flash Player. We use Adobe Flash Player for the majority of the videos we post to our site.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
  1. Visit get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
  2. Click Download Now.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions: wait for the information bar to appear, click it and then select Install ActiveX Control. Then click Install. The Adobe Download Manager and Flash Player Installer will appear.
  4. Follow the instructions within to install Adobe Flash Player.
  5. Once you're finished, open Internet Explorer and return to the video you were trying to watch. It should now play properly.
Mozilla Firefox
  1. Visit get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
  2. Click Download Now.
  3. The download will automatically start. Once it's finished, double-click the install_flash_player.exe file and click OK.
  4. A Windows Security Warning may display, asking you if you're sure you want to run the install file. Click Run.
  5. The Adobe Flash Player Installer will display. Accept the license agreement by checking the check box and then click Install.
  6. Continue with the installation until it's finished.
Google Chrome

Adobe Flash Player comes pre-installed with Google Chrome. So, chances are if you're using Google Chrome, you should have the latest version.

To be absolutely sure your version of Chrome is updated, click the Wrench icon and select About Google Chrome. A new window will display informing you if Chrome is up-to-date. If it's not, click Update. It'll automatically update and then prompt you to restart. Once you've done so, you should be all set. Navigate back to the video you were trying to play, refresh the page and enjoy!

Apple Safari
  1. Visit get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
  2. Click Download Now. The download will automatically start.
  3. Once it's finished, double-click the install_flash_player.exe file and click OK.
  4. A Windows Security Warning may display asking you if you're sure you want to run the install file. Click Run.
  5. The Adobe Flash Player Installer will display. Accept the license agreement by checking the check box and then click Install.
  6. Continue with the installation until it's finished.

    Note: If you're still having issues playing videos, you might be experiencing an issue with your graphics card. Check to see if you have the most up-to-date drivers installed -- the best and fastest way to do so would be to contact your graphics card manufacturer or visit its website.

Commenting, Posting, Editing FAQs

How do I increase an article's text size?

Sometimes articles on AOL’s websites can be a little difficult to read because the text is too small. But there is an easy way to fix this. The text size feature allows you to select one of three text sizes to meet your needs. Simply click the text size icons at the top of the article. The text size icons (each represented by the letter “A”) range in sizes small (the default size), medium and large.

If you’d like to print an article in a larger text size, click the A text size icon to the size of your liking and then click the printer icon. The article will print in your chosen text size.

If there are no text size icons on the webpage you are viewing, try adjusting the text size on your browser. For help, check out our online help article How do I enlarge or reduce the font size on my web browser?.

How do I share an article?

If you’ve found an article or photo gallery within the AOL community that you can’t wait to share with your friends and family, we’ve got you covered. At the top and bottom of any AOL article you can find share icons for Facebook, Twitter, Digg and Lifestream. Clicking any of these will redirect you to their specific submit or share pages.

To share on Facebook:
  1. From the article you wish to share, click the Share on Facebook icon.
  2. In the Post to Profile window, you can add a comment in the What’s on your mind? text box.
  3. Click Share. The article will post to your Facebook profile.
To share on Twitter:
  1. From the article you wish to share, click the Share on Twitter icon.
  2. The link and article title will automatically display in the What’s happening? text box. Feel free to type additional comments along with the link.
  3. Click Tweet. The article will post to your Twitter feed.To share on Digg:
    1. From the article you wish to share, click the Share on Digg icon.
    2. The link will automatically display in the Submit to Digg text box. Before you publish, you can edit the article title and description by clicking Edit.
    3. From the drop-down menu underneath the article title and description fields, Choose a topic.
    4. Click Digg it. The article will post to Digg.
    To share on Lifestream:
    1. From the article you wish to share, click the Share on Lifestream icon.
    2. In the Share with your AIM Buddies window, you can add a comment in the Add a comment … text box.
    3. Click Share. The article will post to your Lifestream.

How do I print an article?

Oftentimes you’ll find an interesting article but you don’t have the time to read it that minute. For the on-the-go user who requires a printed copy, AOL provides you the option of printing the article directly from the article page.

To print an article:

To print an article, click on the printer icon above or below the article. This will take you directly to a Print window that displays your printer options. Follow the on-screen instructions to print from your chosen printer.

To print an article in a larger text size:

If you’d like to print an article in a larger text size, click the A text size icon to the size of your liking and then click the printer icon. This will take you directly to a Print window that displays your printer options. Follow the on-screen instructions to print from your chosen printer. The article will print in your chosen text size. For more information, please see the online help article How do I increase an article's text size?

How do I email an article?

The AOL community is chock-full of fun and useful information you’ll want you to share with your friends and family. The easiest way to do this is by using the Email link found at the top and bottom of every AOL article or photo gallery.

To email an article or photo gallery:
  1. From the article you wish to email, click the Email link. This link is commonly found above or below the article.
  2. Type the email address of the person you would like to send the article to in the To: field.
  3. Type your email address in the From: field.
  4. You have the option of writing a message (using 120 characters or less) in the Your message: text box.
  5. Then, in the red box, type the two words you see in the word challenge.

    Note: If you can’t see the words in the word challenge, you can click the refresh button to receive a new word challenge or the audio button to hear the word.

  6. Click Share to email the article. Your intended recipient will receive an email with a link in the body of the email to the article.

How do I comment on an article?

The AOL network of websites offers its users a plethora of articles about pretty much everything under the sun – and pretty much everything over it, too! But the diversity of our content is matched only by the diversity of our readers’ opinions. We really want to know what you think, which is why AOL allows users to share their multitude of opinions in the Add Your Comments section after each article.

Adding a comment
  1. Choose an article of your liking about which you’d like to comment.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the article to the Add Your Comment section.
    • New users/New readers: Enter your name and e-mail address and check the Remember Me and/or E-Mail when someone replies to this comment check boxes if you so choose. Then type your comment in the text box and click add your comment. You’ll receive an email asking you to activate your comments by clicking the URL provided. Click the URL. A new window will open and you will see your comment posted below the article.
    • Current users/Returning: Enter your email and password and check the Remember Me and/or E-Mail when someone replies to this comment check boxes if you so choose. Then type your comment in the text box and click add your comment. You’ll receive an email asking you to activate your comments by clicking the URL provided. Click the URL. A new window will open and you will see your comment posted below the article.
Replying to a comment
  1. Click reply under the comment you’d like to reply to.
  2. If you are a:
    • New user/New readers: Enter your name and email address and check the Remember Me and/or E-Mail when someone replies to this comment check boxes if you so choose. Then type your comment in the text box and click add your comment. You’ll receive an email asking you to activate your comments by clicking the URL provided. Click the URL. A new window will open and you will see your comment posted below the article.
    • Current user/Returning: Enter your email and password and check the Remember Me and/or E-Mail when someone replies to this comment check boxes if you so choose. Then type your comment in the text box and click add your comment. You’ll receive an email asking you to activate your comments by clicking the URL provided. Click the URL. A new window will open and you will see your comment posted below the article.
Voting on a comment

If you’d like to see a comment appear closer to the top of the site’s comment boards, click the Vote This Comment Up icon (+)/LIKE. If you’d like to vote a comment down, click the Vote This Comment Down icon (-)/DISLIKE. All votes will be tabulated and the comment will be prioritized based on users’ preference.

NOTE: If you are trying to post comments on HuffingtonPost.com but your screen is turning gray, keeping your comments from posting, please try the steps below.

  1. Click Log in in the upper right corner of the Huffington Post site.
  2. Select the option to log in with your AOL account.
  3. Enter your AOL Username and password.
  4. You should now be able to post your comment.

Can I republish content I find on your website to another website or blog?

Content offered on AOL.com and other AOL branded sites may be used only for personal, non-commercial purposes.

For more information, please refer to AOL’s Terms of Use, found here: about.aol.com/aolnetwork/mem_tos.

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Contact Us

Trying to contact us about coordinating events, posting ads or selling a specific product or service? We’re always looking for potential new partners to bring our customers awesome new content. Please refer to the webpage below for more information on contacting us. Let’s beat the internet together!

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Alternatively, you can also use the Send Feedback tool located on our page to contact us. We collect and review all submitted feedback on a regular basis.

Submitting feedback

We’d really like to hear from you! Your feedback is important, as it helps us improve the quality and user experience of our products. If there is anything you would like to tell us about any of our products, you can do so by clicking on the Feedback link (usually found at the top right-hand corner of each webpage). Your comments will go a long way.

Reasons for submitting feedback:

  • Incorrect, inappropriate, or inaccurate content
  • Spelling and grammatical errors
  • A site isn’t working properly

To submit feedback:

  1. Click on Feedback/Send Feedback.
  2. In the Tell Us What You Think text box, type any feedback you have for the site. If you’re having technical difficulties, it is best to be as specific as possible.
  3. Select Yes or No, depending on whether you were successful in doing what you came to do.
  4. Type your email address in the Email Address text box.
  5. Click Submit.

How do I report inappropriate content or comments?

We try to keep our sites as wholesome and appropriate as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes people will post comments or content that is inappropriate. If you experience anything like this, please report the comments or submit feedback. Read below for instructions.

Reporting a comment

If someone’s posting or spamming comments that contain racial slurs, vulgarity or anything inappropriate, please use the report feature that’s available in the comment system.

  1. Navigate to the inappropriate comment and click the Report icon (!) in the comment box.
  2. A pop-up window will ask, Are you sure you want to report this comment? Click OK.
  3. A pop-up window will read, Comment has been reported for review. Thank You! Click OK.

If you come across an article with inappropriate or incorrect information, please let us know through the feedback tool.

Advertising with AOL

Think you have an advertisement that would fit perfectly on the AOL network? Well climb aboard; we’d love to have ya! You can contact AOL for advertising solutions by clicking on the Advertise With Us link commonly found at the bottom of most AOL network webpages. Alternatively, you can visit AOL Advertising to learn more.