AOL Instant Messenger

 

The Instant Messenger is a free product from America Online. This program allows you to monitor the online status of users in your "Buddy List." When buddies are online, you can interactively send messages to one another. However, before you can use this product, you must register a screen name. Additionally, the people with whom you would like to chat with must also register a screen name (or they must be using AOL).

 

  1. Click here to go to the Instant Messenger home page.
  2. Click on the appropriate button to download a version for your operating system.
  3. Save the program to your hard drive. Be sure to pay attention to where you save it.
  4. Run the setup program that you just downloaded.
  5. When prompted to register a new screen name, click yes. You will be taken to a web page from which you can register. This may take some time, because it might be difficult for you to find a name that hasn't already been used by somebody else.
  6. If during the setup you weren't prompted to register a new screen name, don't panic. Click here to go to the Screen Name Registration page.
  7. If Instant Messenger isn't already running, go to the Start menu, move to Programs, then move to AOL Instant Messenger, then click on AOL Instant Messenger.
  8. In the "Screen Name" field, enter the screen name that you registered, and enter your password in the "Password" field.

 

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