How to Post using AOL; a procedure to try

Steve Marak
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:31:29 PST
> In a message dated 1/28/2003 2:18:07 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> Does anyone know how  to set AOL so it won't do html or is it
> something we all just have to live  with?

Among the listowners I know (and certainly including me), AOL is widely
detested for needlessly making it so hard to generate just plain text
e-mail. Below I'm including a procedure passed along to me which purports
to accomplish this. I have no way to test it myself, so I can neither
verify that it works nor that it won't do something else you won't like.
But it looks reasonable, and I trust the person who sent it to me, so I
offer it to the group:


Here's what the best Geeks have come up with. The simple way
works in most cases, the workaround seems to work always.

"Go to Keyword: Preferences (or choose Preferences from the Settings menu on
the AOL 6.0 toolbar)."

"Click on Font, Text, & Graphics Preferences."

"Click on the Reset button at the bottom of the resulting window.
Do not make any changes in the Font Preferences area of the window."

"Click on the Save button."


"It is difficult but not impossible to make AOL send plain text messages.
It is easier if the user creates a new message and addresses it to
the list rather than to just hit the reply-button."

"With a message devoid of formatted text, it is then possible in
most versions of AOL to highlight whatever you write,
right-click on it and choose a "normal" text option
from the window."

-- Steve Marak

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