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Q: Can I use Apple Mail in Tiger to get my AOL emails?

A: Yes, you can access your AOL emails via mail by completing the following:

1. Mail>Preferences>Accounts>Click on the + sign
2. Account type: IMAP
3. Account Description: AOL MAIL (Or any other name you would like)
4. Full Name (Enter the name you want to appear after your email address
5. Email address (Enter yourAOLemailaddress@aol.com)
6. Click CONTINUE
7. Incoming mail server: imap.aol.com
8. User Name: Your aol signon name without the aol.com
9. Password: Your aol password
10. Place a check in front of "Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
11. Authentication: Password
12. Outgoing mail server:smtp.aol.com
13. Place a checkmark in front of Use Authentication
14. Enter your AOL signon name and password
15. Change your server port on your outgoing mail server to 587
(Mail, accounts,<Account Name>, Account Information, server settings)
16. Change the port to 993 under the IMAP Path Prefex:
(Mail, accounts,<Account name>, advanced)

You should now have access to send/receive your AOL emails.

You may also use the AOL Service Assistant that will enable you to set up the following Apple applications to work with the AOL service:

• Mail - The AOL Service Assistant makes it easy to configure Mac OS X Mail to send and receive AOL mail. If you've used the existing AOL for Mac OS X product, you can also import your incoming and outgoing messages from your Personal Filing Cabinet into Mail.

• iChat - You can now easily set up iChat to work with your Screen Name.

• Address Book - Using the AOL Service Assistant, you can now easily import your AOL Address Book contacts into your Mac OS X Address Book without bringing in duplicate entries.

• Safari - AOL Service Assistant enables you to import your Favorite Places into a folder in the Safari Bookmarks Bar.

AOL Service Assistant tip provided by: Ali Brown

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