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Power AOL : A Survival Guide - Darlynn Lafler

Power AOL

A Survival Guide

Paperback Published: 10th April 2002
ISBN: 9781893115385
Number Of Pages: 504

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Power AOL: A Survival Guide is designed to provide AOL users everywhere with the largest and most comprehensive collection of tips and techniques ever offered. Kirk Lafler is an Internet and software consultant with 25 years of experience providing clients around the world with comprehensive technical solutions and training. Lafler presents tips on using some of the latest features and offerings available with Version 7.0 and provides a comprehensive self-help resource for troubleshooting and resolving AOL problems and errors.

Lafler provides AOL users with a wonderful collection of tips, undocumented or hard-to-find tidbits of information, and other useful techniques to help achieve a more rewarding and enjoyable online experience. He also shares his expertise to help readers get the most up-to-date information for the largest and most popular Internet service provider in the world. Among the core topics covered are the America Online interface (Version 7.0), e-mail features, shortcuts, AOL and Internet browsing, searching and finding information, chat, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), buddy lists, message boards and newsgroups, and selected specialty topics, including AOL for kids and teens, students, families, and seniors, privacy and security, AOL customizations, and problem solving and errors.

About the Authorp. xxix
Prefacep. xxxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxiii
Introductionp. xxxv
Organization of the Bookp. xxxv
Conventions Used in This Bookp. xxxvi
AOL Features and Toolsp. 1
Getting Started with AOLp. 3
Setting Up AOL and Connection Tipsp. 3
Screen Name and Password Managementp. 7
My AOL and Welcome Screenp. 10
`X' Marks Your Spotp. 12
The AOL Interfacep. 14
Using Netscape with AOLp. 19
Keyboard Shortcutsp. 20
Getting Help 24/7p. 23
Communicating to the World with E-mailp. 25
Setting Up Your E-Mailp. 25
Reading E-mailp. 32
Creating E-mail Messagesp. 37
Minding your E-mail Mannersp. 38
Sending E-mailp. 40
Using Courtesy and Blind Courtesy Copiesp. 42
Jazzing Up Your Messagesp. 43
Addressing the Address Bookp. 45
Benefiting from the Spell Checkerp. 49
Handling Hypertext Elementsp. 52
Expressing Yourself with Signatures, Acronyms, and Emoticonsp. 53
Avoiding Junk Mailp. 57
Sending E-mail Greetings, Postcards, and Bannersp. 62
Attaching Files, Photos, and Other Thingsp. 63
Managing Your Filing Cabinetp. 71
Understanding AOL's Mail Center and Your Online Mailboxp. 71
Managing Your Filing Cabinetp. 73
Cool AOL Tools and Featuresp. 85
Access AOL Anytime and Anywherep. 85
My Portfolio AOL's Financial Managerp. 87
News and Other Cool Stuff from AOL Anywherep. 90
My Calendar AOL's Electronic Scheduling Toolp. 93
AOL Multimedia Featuresp. 102
Online Pictures with AOLp. 104
Searching and Finding Informationp. 107
Searching Databases and Foldersp. 107
Using Search Engines, Directories, and Hybridsp. 111
Using the AOL White and Yellow Pagesp. 119
Exploring the Classifiedsp. 124
Getting to Know the People Directoryp. 126
Understanding File Transfer Protocol (FTP)p. 128
Chat, Instant Messaging, and Message Boardsp. 133
The World of Chattingp. 133
Using AOL Speaksp. 139
AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM) and Buddy Listsp. 142
Using Message Boardsp. 153
AOL Newsgroupsp. 159
Getting Started with Newsgroupsp. 159
Advanced Topicsp. 169
AOL Servicesp. 173
AOL Shopping and Servicesp. 175
Shopping the Simple Wayp. 175
Specials, Discounts, and Bargainsp. 180
Gift Buyingp. 183
Big Ticket Purchasesp. 185
Coupon Shoppingp. 188
AOL Reward and Savings Programsp. 191
Services, Security, Privacy, and Shippingp. 194
Reaching Customer Service for Shopping Helpp. 196
AOL for Kids and Teensp. 199
Surfing Safelyp. 199
Using the Online Timerp. 200
Exploring the Kids Channelsp. 201
Finding the Coolest Teen Sitesp. 206
Getting Educationalp. 208
Using Acronyms and Smileysp. 210
Having Fun with Hobbies and Other Stuffp. 212
AOL for Studentsp. 215
Research & Learn Channelsp. 215
Student Toolsp. 222
Student Aids and Other Resourcesp. 224
Vocation and Career Resourcesp. 228
Entertainment and Miscellaneous Resourcesp. 230
AOL for Seniorsp. 233
Communities for Computer-Using Seniorsp. 233
Senior Living-Housing and Healthp. 238
Entertainment Resources for Seniorsp. 241
Retirement & Estate Planningp. 246
Family Mattersp. 249
Family Events, Outings, and Vacationsp. 249
Family Issues and Relationsp. 253
Family Living and Parentingp. 258
Resources for Families-Family Servicesp. 262
Advanced Topicsp. 267
Privacy and Securityp. 269
E-mail Issues and Solutionsp. 269
Parental Control Issues and Solutionsp. 274
Instant Messenger and Newsgroup Issues and Solutionsp. 277
Shopping & Banking Issues and Solutionsp. 281
AOL Customizationsp. 285
AOL Interface Customizationsp. 285
My AOL Customizationsp. 290
AOL Mail and Download Customizationsp. 292
AOL Internet Properties Customizationsp. 295
Automatic AOL Customizationsp. 298
Chat Customizationsp. 300
Privacy, Marketing, and Association Customizationsp. 302
Create Your Own Web Pagep. 305
Web Page Basicsp. 305
Web Design & Templates for Beginnersp. 308
Web Page Building for More Advanced Usersp. 312
Clip Art Graphicsp. 323
Shareware Web Tools and Web Publishingp. 329
Problem Solving and Errorsp. 333
Detecting and Dealing with Errorsp. 333
Connecting Problemsp. 335
Explaining E-mail Issuesp. 338
Troubleshooting Instant Messenger, Mailing Lists, Telnet, and FTPp. 341
Diagnosing Web Problemsp. 344
Miscellaneous Errorsp. 348
Miscellaneous Tipsp. 349
AOL Accessibility Tipsp. 353
AOL Connection Optionsp. 355
AOL Wireless, Mobile Communications, and AOL TVp. 358
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9781893115385
ISBN-10: 1893115380
Series: Technology in Action
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 10th April 2002
Publisher: Apress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.69 x 21.08  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.93