America Online 7.0 For Dummies

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This book is your friendly tour guide and road map to an intriguing corner of the digital world. You can find everything you need to get started with (and get the most from) the friendliest and fastest-growing online service in the United States: America Online. The best part is that you don’t need to be some computer technoid to make sense of it all. America Online 7.0 For Dummies is written in plain language – the way everyone talked back when computers interfaced and people had conversations. This ...
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Overview

This book is your friendly tour guide and road map to an intriguing corner of the digital world. You can find everything you need to get started with (and get the most from) the friendliest and fastest-growing online service in the United States: America Online. The best part is that you don’t need to be some computer technoid to make sense of it all. America Online 7.0 For Dummies is written in plain language – the way everyone talked back when computers interfaced and people had conversations. This book is designed to give you the information you need quickly so that you can get back to the fun stuff at hand.

This book is a handy reference for experienced AOL users upgrading to the new 7.0 version, and a complete digital driver’s education for those less confident. In a nutshell, this book is for anyone who

  • Wonders just what the heck is   America Online?
  • Senses that the Web is full of fun and interesting resources, but doesn’t know where to begin
  • Wants to unveil the secret tips and goodies for making your America Online connection truly come alive

From signing on to creating your own Web site, America Online 7.0 For Dummies demystifies and simplifies everything you need to know about AOL. This know-it-all guide covers all these topics, and more:

  • Finding your way around with menus and toolbars
  • Dealing with spams, scams, viruses, and hoaxes
  • Setting up your screen name and profile
  • Exploring the World Wide Web
  • Sending and receiving e-mail
  • Chatting and instant messaging
  • Tracking news, weather, markets, and more
  • Organizing your club with Groups@AOL
  • Taking control of your online environment with Parental Controls

In addition to its great content areas, strong Internet links, and dandy little triangular logo, America Online harbors secret powers known only to a select few. From customized profiles to using AOL Anywhere, this guide goes beyond the basics to explain stuff that you probably wondered about, but never know how to find. With these powerful techniques in hand, you, too, are ready to join the ranks of the initiated – the ranks of the AOL Gurus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764516245
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2001
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kaufeld, a monthly guest on AOL's CLASSES cyberchat, also wrote all previous editions of this book and Your Official America Online Guide to Powering Up the Internet.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Driver's Ed for the Digital Traveler.

Chapter 1: What You've Gotten Yourself Into (And What You Need to Enjoy the Trip).

Chapter 2: I Didn't Know You Could Do That Online!

Chapter 3: Mucking through the Menus.

Chapter 4: Making Your Preferences Known.

Chapter 5: Dealing with Spams, Scams, Viruses, and Hoaxes.

PART II: The Basics of Online Life.

Chapter 6: Doing the Screen Name Tango (And the Parental Controls Two-Step).

Chapter 7: Navigating the System and Marking Your Favorite Destinations.

Chapter 8: E-Mailing the World, One Mailbox at a Time.

Chapter 9: Chatting the Day (And Night) Away.

Chapter 10: Dropping a Quick "Hello" with Instant Messages.

Chapter 11: Cogitating, Consternating, and Conflagrating on the Message Boards.

Chapter 12: Where's Your Buddy? Where's Your Pal?

Chapter 13: Tracking Your World with My Calendar.

Chapter 14: Hanging with the Groups@AOL.

PART III: Diving into the Fun Stuff.

Chapter 15: Finding People, Places, Things, and Information.

Chapter 16: Tracking News, Weather, Markets, and More.

Chapter 17: Frolicking in the Games.

Chapter 18: Loading Up, Loading Down, and Zipping All Around.

Chapter 19: Cruising the Internet.

Chapter 20: There's Music in the Wires.

PART IV: Secret Tricks of the AOL Gurus.

Chapter 21: Making a Truly Cool Profile.

Chapter 22: Dressing Up Your Software with Fresh Buttons and a New Menu.

Chapter 23: Discussing Strange New Vistas with AIM.

Chapter 24: Spinning a Web (Site) of Your Own.

Chapter 25: Taking AOL Anywhere.

Chapter 26: So You Wanna Go Faster?

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 27: Ten Fun Things to Do Online.

Chapter 28: Ten Common Things That Go Wrong (And How to Fix Them).

Index.

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