Check out new channels and protect your kids online
Zip into broadband, get instant messages, and hang out with the AOL Companion
With some 34 million AOL users out there, you might expect a major Internet traffic jam. Never fear with this handy road map on the seat, you’ll merge into the high-speed lane without a scratch. In no time, you’ll be cruising from chat rooms to super Web sites to AOL ’s new online communities, using all the latest AOL 8.0 features.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
John Kaufeld is the author of all previous editions of America Online For Dummies as well as four editions of Access For Dummies.
Table of Contents
PART I: DRIVER'S ED FOR THE DIGITAL TRAVELER.
Chapter 1: What You Got Yourself Into — and What You Need to Enjoy the Trip.
Chapter 2: I Didn't Know You Could Do That Online!
Chapter 3: Mucking Around 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: AOL Companion: Look! On the Desktop! Something Small, Blue, and Useful!
Chapter 14: Hanging with 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 Things That Can Go Wrong — and How to Fix Them.