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As an AOL member you are allotted seven screen names, all of which you can change at any time, except for your master screen name. Any of these screen names can log on as a guest user by choosing "Guest" from the drop down menu on the AOL sign on screen. This can be done from any computer that has AOL installed.
To find out who an AOL member is, select the "Community" button from your AOL toolbar and scroll down to "Get Member Profile". It will then ask you the screen name of the person you are looking for and once you click "OK" that person's AOL profile will be displayed for you. If that person has not set up their AOL profile, there really is no other way to determine their identity. This is for the safety of the community.
Checking your AOL bill online requires one easy step. Select "Keyword" from your AOL toolbar options and then select "Go to AOL Keyword". A box will appear on your screen, at which time you will type in "Billing" and select the "OK" button. You should then be taken to the AOL Billing Center where you can view how much your monthly plan is and when your next billing cycle should occur.
If you want to uninstall AOL software from you computer, you need to begin by opening your Windows Control Panel. Select the "Add or Remove programs option, if AOL uninstaller appears then select it or highlight the America Online software and select "Add/Remove" option. Choose the version of the AOL software that you want to uninstall and select "Next". Another page will open and you will need to click "Next" on it as well. Then another page may open up in which you need to select "Skip". After that, a page should open up that has a "Finish" option. Select that and you should be all done!
AOL by Phone is a new premium service available to America Online members for a modest additional fee. If you are using the phone line to access AOL, a special message box will not only tell you if someone is calling on that line, but will read the caller ID and let you know who it is.
If you have lost any other AOL screen name or password other than your AOL master screen name or password, you can easily log on to your master screen name to retrieve a screen name or change a password. However, if you lose your AOL master screen name or password, you will need to call AOL customer support at 800-827-6364 and answer various security questions to be able to gain access to your account again.
To find out what screen names are connected to your AOL account, simply log on to your master screen name, go to keyword "screen name", and you should be able to view and edit your screen names and passwords.
The number one reason parents buy computers is to support their kids' educational needs, and AOL can help. One of the most popular AOL member features is Ask-a-teacher, where kids can communicate with real teachers either by live chat or email to get assistance with their homework. There is also a vast knowledge database of answers from other students, where you might find the answer without having to ask.
You can have up to seven screen names on one AOL account. To add a new screen name, select the "Keyword" option on your AOL toolbar, select "Go To Keyword" and, once the keyword box pops up, type in "Screen Name". Once there, select the "Create A New Screen Name" option and follow the prompts.