How do I create a new screen name in AOL (America Online) 9.0?
Dave, I've read through your previous Q&A about how to create an AOL screen name, but it doesn't apply to the new AOL 9.0 Security Edition. Can you help me figure out how to add a screen name with this latest Windows application?
You're absolutely right. In typical update fashion, the AOL development team have fiddled with what menus lead to what features and made it either easier or harder to find your overall AOL preferences, depending on how you look at it, making my article on How to create new screen names on AOL obsolete.
To get to the screen name feature in AOL 9.0, forget all the menu options and instead just click on Settings in the AOL toolbar:
Once you've clicked on that, you'll get a large list of different areas you can modify (really, it's a staggeringly large list, far more than any user, even the most dedicated AOLer, is going to modify. But that's another story entirely):
The option you want is Screen Names. Click on it and you'll be at the main screen names area, with options to CREATE a screen name, DELETE a screen name, format a screen name, restore a screen name, and even spawn a new account with one of the existing screen names if you're so inclined:
Needless to say, click on "Create a screen name" here and the first thing you'll see, something that is one reason I like AOL, is the following:
Other companies like Earthlink also have parental controls, but most ISPs just ignore the whole affair, making it darn hard for technically unsophisticated parents to help minimize the chance of their children bumping into the, um, less savory corners of the Internet.
Anyway, I'm going to assume you're setting up a new screen name for an adult, not a child, and click No on this screen.
The next step is the most fun: what screen name do you want to create? AOL has millions of users, though, so it's rare that you can get a cool screen name. It certainly seems like all the good ones are taken!
Amazingly, AskDaveTaylor is available. The next step is to enter a password, which is pretty easy to do. Remember, a mix of upper and lower case letters, a digit or two and even some punctuation can make a great password.
Next, even though I already said I was creating the screen name for an adult, AOL gives me a second chance to categorize what kind of default limits I want on the account. If you've never used America Online, you'll find this screenshot particularly interesting:
Finally, once you've decided what kind of account you want to create, you're done. Close up all the windows and log out. You should be able to log in with your brand new screen name!
Hope that helps you out with America Online. It might not be the snazziest, but with the addition of its automatic spyware checks, antivirus utility and pop-up blocker, it remains a surprisingly relevant alternative method of traveling on the Internet for a lot of people.
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Reader Comments To Date: 186
I changed my screen name and get e-mail and can chat ect. with my new name but pop up i m and im's still say my old screen name why?
This info is fine and dandy and I already know this but since I'm using my mom's computer while mine is down I have no access to that part of AOL. WHY IS THAT?
Sounds like your Mom might not be using her Master Screen Name or might have a 'parental controls' account set up to avoid stumbling into porn or other yechy 'net stuff, Terri.
dave can you help me get a screenname?
i already now how i just dont now how to get there?
I've read and read.....we had to delete 9.0 so ijust have the aol explorer. How do I delete screen names and make new ones from it. I am totally lost.
DAVE I WANT TO ADD MY SON ON BUT ITS MY MOM'S ACCOUNT. HELP
I am oly to use it to do my H.W., chating with friends, play games that i could play on. And I am allow to go music awards website.
i really want a new screen name
how do i remove a screen name that i dont use in my aol pop-up screen? I only use one of the four names and the other names is from family members but they dont use this comnputer they get on from another computer. I just want my name to show when i sign on. Is there a way?
As far as I know, Julio, you can't accomplish what you ask: a master screen name and alternative names all travel as a "pack": if you set up one, you get all the others too.
i need a new screen names
I was Wondering How to Delete Screen Names. I have some Screen Names in the Recovery Box that I don't wish to Use any more and I can't figure out how to Delete them from the Computer. if You would or Could help Me Please Do so? I Honestly thank You for Your Help. Steve
Pleae help me i keep trying to get a new screen name but it never wants to work it always says unavailable
I was wondering if i could get my old Aim account up that i had under aol it was Airjxxiii.
how do i get a scren name
i had a old screen name over 6 months ago, it was about 2 years ago and i really would like to have this name back. I can go on the screen name through aim but i cant restore this on aol. Is there anything i can do to restore it.
i really want a screenname
i have a question? i want to add another screen name to the account...but i dont know if it is free??? HELP! i cant find where it says it anywhere!!!!!!
where is the toolbar located on American Online 9.0
I have an aol screen name but i need to add it to my mothers account. Can I do this?
i won't to make a another screen name and still keep the other one
I have another user name which already is setup and I want to access, but can't seem to figure out how to replace my current username.
You can add screen names to your AOL account (which is not the same as an AIM account, of course), but if you want to replace one with another, I think the best strategy is to completely remove AOL software from your computer and reinstall it by downloading a fresh new copy from http://www.aol.com/
i got my original screen name; allnhss,,,,deleted cause i said something bad on another screen name to someone in a chat room.......allnhss screen name had nothing to do with it.......i had alot of info,,,stored in that screen name....it was wiped out,,,when AOL deleted all of my former screen names...is there anyway to get back screen name; allnhss ??
Allan, I think you're out of luck. Sorry.
I had a screen name a while ago. I would like to know is there a way to get the screen name back? It doesn't show in my deleted screen name box.
I want to add a name to my AOL Account
I have a screen name i created at my dads house but i want to add it too my moms house as the same screen name but on this different account so that i don't have to sign on as a guest. How can i do this?
I want to transfer my fiancee's existing Screen Name to my existing account, from her brothers account, which he says he wants to close. How do I do this without her having to change her screen name. We want her to continue to get her email at the same Screen Name but on my account... without having to notify her hundreds of friends of a screen name change.
please tell me how do u make aol Email address without paying money or wothout putting bank account number please
tell pleas me right aways at firstname.lastname@example.org
without paying money and with out puing bank account number and other personal information please
What makes you think you can get an account on a paid system without paying for it, Niraj? I don't know how you could do that, sorry.
did everything you said to do as far as settings and all that is concerned but when i went to delete it , it said that the account couldn't be deleted with somehting registered to it and i have no clue what that could mean. I'd really like to know how what who and where this thing is so that i could get this name off my computer. thank you for your time
How do I get an additional aol screenname?
hey, ur info was really helpful but..... they changed the place u go to and it does not look like the example you have and..... the ask you a question and if you answer it honestly they say that it is not what they have on file and.... if you keep answering it they will block you from it for 24 hours! it suxs
Hey...i want to drop my aol service and want to convert my current aol email address to an AIM email address for free. My screen name was created in AOL first but it is also an AIM sn, can i convert aol e-mail addresss to aim e-mail address?
Mel, I don't think you can do that, sorry to say.
Bubble, if you have a problem of that nature with your software, I suggest you contact AOL technical support directly, and good luck to you!
it wont let meh get an account.and i dont know what web site!do u know it?
If it won't let you get an account, Ray, it might be because of parental controls on your existing account.
Cant create screen name for my wife.
i have just got on aol and created a screen name. i cannot find a way to create one for my brother and sister who also use the computer. whenever i try it tells me i do not have an account security question (ASQ)and tells me to select one but there aren't any questions there. help me please
i want my son and my daughter to have their own screen name but i dont know how to get them one please help me?
i can't change my password1can you help me?
i dont know how to make a screen name because it wont work please help
I have an AOL account; however the master screen name is on my moms computer, I want to add my master account it too my boyfriend's computer. He also has an AOL account too. How can I add my account to his computer and not delete his account and yet not have to sign on under guest? Can you please help with this situation?
I WANT TO CHANGE THIS SCREEN NAME BACK TO MY OLD ONE THAT I HAD WITH MY OTHER COMPUTER.
how do i add a screen name for my child to sign on to aol
I have a question I go to keyword:screen names and I click on create but heres the problem nothing shows up! How can I fix this? i really need to create a new screen name.
Every time I try to go to the new screen name bar,I get a blank screen. I cant even see my old names. What can I do? Nancy 5/7/06 12:10 AM.
every time i go to screen names to change a password, you, dave taylor shows up. i'm an aol subscriber & down loaded 9.0 myself for free.
I, too, am unable to set up a screen name. I followed you instructions to a "t" and still not able. When I click on the aol toolbar, subsequently on the settings selection, then Screen Names ... the response is "cannot find server" ... what do I do???? (very frustrating)
Mel... When you cancle your AOL if you try to sign on again through AOL on the web, it will ask if you want to keep your exsiting screen name...that automaticly gives you an AIM e-mail address for that SN. Just make sure your not saying Yes to re-regestering to AOL.
N-....Only way I know to have both accounts show up would be to install AOL again, and keep both copys on the computer. You can name the links to the diffrent AOL versions so you can tell them apart if ya want. You still cant sign on both at the same time though.
my screen name settings page wont open...and i want to create a new screen name..
what do i do?
my screen name settings page wont open...and i want to create a new screen name..
what do i do?
My father in law and his wife are seperated. He pays the aol bill but she has the master account. Is there any way to remove her account while keeping the others active or will we have to call aol and have all of them deleted?
Every time I mouse cick on screen names in the settings section it brings me to a blank screen. I have tried over and over again and I am still unable to get anything, but a blank screen when I get to screen name. Please help me I would like to add a screen name to my existing account.
HOW DO I GET MY DAUGHTER A SCREEN NAME
Every time I try to log on to add a screen name the page wont come up.
how do i add a screen name for my child to go on @ol?
I want a screen name on aol.com and I dont know how to do it.So can you help me
I have accessed the screen name box in the settings and it keeps coming up blank ... Not offering me the option to add or delete a screen name .. Is this a glitch with aol or what ? What can I do to access the screen name page ?
I'm trying to added a another screen name to my account, and it keeps asking me for my securtiy answer which i don't remember and I tried getting the answer through the help line, but I don't know my account information because my bill is include in my phone bill. What can I do to get my security answer so I can creative a new name for my business.
When I try to add a new screen name, it comes up with title "screen name service" but a blank screen - I can't create a new screen name. Thanks
why did this pop-up change my screenname
i followed every step for 9.0 optimized sercutriy edition on how to create a screen name but after going to setting and clicking screen names first it looks diffrent then the window you posted plus when i click on create screen name it constantly says that i do now"We're sorry, we have temporarily blocked your access to this feature. Please try back after 24 hours; you will be challenged again to provide the correct answer to your Account Security Question" but i constanltly check week after week and its always the same.
trying to add a s/n and when we try to follow the directions it doesnt work!!!!!! we get a blank screen!!!!!!!
i am currently a guest on a friends account. i would like to create a new account on my own computer with the same sn or a new sn and use the other as a guest on a new account. i have followed your instructions to others and just get a blank screen. i have tried to delete the guest account from my computer and reload the cd to create a new account,but my friends account keeps loading instead. can you help?
Now that AOL Free is rolling out, one thing a whole lotta people, including myself, wanna do, is transfer their AIM screen name to a new free AOL account. There doesn't seem to be a way to do this.. any ideas/tricks?
I to have the new Free AOL thing, and I tried creating a new screen name following those instructions, but it didn't work. It said that "We're sorry. This feature is not available at this time." Does that mean that only paid AOL members can use this feature?
i tried to follow your directions on how to add a screen name but i came to dead in when i pressed on screen names after going to settings, the site always came up blank. no matter how i tried to do it, it came up to the same blank page. i even tried to go to my account and still it took me the the blank page. please help.
hi my name is jess im tring to make a new screen name and it will not let me it keeps saying error please help find out whats wrong with my aol thank-you so much jess tried to follow your directions on how to add a screen name but i came to dead in when i pressed on screen names after going to settings, the site always came up blank. no matter how i tried to do it, it came up to the same blank page. i even tried to go to my account and still it took me the the blank page. please help.
i have done all of the above and still i get a blank screen when i go to the setting page i would like to create a new screen name please help... thank you.
dave where its the toolbar on aol
I can't delete or decover any screen names and when i go to help i get screen name service
dave im trying to create a new screen name on aol 9.0 i went to settings and clicked on screen names. I clicked on create and it keeps going to a blank page would you please help me
Is it possable for two screen names to be on at the same time. The computers are in different locations. One has dial up and the other broadband.
I've seen this question, but not the answer. I want to transfer one of my additional screen names to another account. (My son had a screen name on my account, now he's moved out and is establishing his own AOL account, but wants to add his screen name from my account.) How do I do this? I see that if I delete it from my account, it is not available to him for 6 months. He has a large contact base on that screen name. Thanks,
I want to add a screen name, but when I try, i get the message: We're sorry, this feature is not available at this time.
How do I get passed this? I would appreciate the help. Thanks.
how do i access an aol account
how do i create an other screen name
every time i go to settings and clik screen names to create a new s.n it says.. Action canceled
Internet Explorer was unable to link to the Web page you requested. The page might be temporarily unavailable.
Please try the following:
Click the Refresh button, or try again later.
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i have been trying for weeeeekkkss!!!
please is there any other way?
will this let me get a password and a email
my computer asked me once if I wanted another s/n but it gives me a blank screen WHY?
I tried to follow your steps to set up a new screen name..however..after clicking on create a screen name..this comes up..???en_Us.pgTitle.asq.asqblocked???. What do I need to do? I am the master screen name..
all I need is a aol.screen name
I have tried to open the window that you say will change your screen name and stuff but it always says page is loaded but it is blank there is nothing on it what do i do...
David , My Girlfriend and I are getting a place together , and her AOL account is under her ex bf's account , but she also has an account setup on her computer but allows her mother to use that account , is there any way to transfer her account from her ex bf's account to her main account without having to lose anything , and if so could you be of assistance and help with giving me a few directions on the steps we need to take , I thankyou and appreciate that you took the time to read this , Greatful and Thanks You T.
The best I can recommend, Tony, is to give AOL a call directly and talk with their tech support people. Hopefully they can help you two!
i have tried like a hundred times to make an aim sn. i already downloaded aim, but it won't let me make an sn!!! it keeps on saying: this page will be temporarily unavailable
we are unable to permit you to create a screen name at this moment
or something like that.
ive been trying for like 5 days.
I tried to set up my wife with a screen name, and was asked for place of birth for security. No matter what I put in, and I know where I was born, I didn't get it right. How do I set up a screen name for my wife? Please help.
I am trying to add a screen name, but my security question - where I was born - keeps saying it's incorrect. I have tried every possible AOL phone number and have had no success. HELP!!!!
I have tried to add my children to my account but it continues to ask me for a credit card number which I do not have. Please help me.
every time i try to log on to create a new screen name the page wont come up..
i'm 59 and i just want another screen name and pass word
I'm trying to make a new screen name but after I click "create" all I get is ???en_US.pgTitle.asq.asqblocked???
What should I do.
Thanks so much!
Dave, No matter how many time i try with XP, IE or AOL 9.0 SE, I can't create another screen name. It goes to the screen, but after checking the type of category, it goes back to login or asking for security password and then is in a do loop between the two. Need help...
I switched off the pay method and went 2 the free style . now its askin me for a credit card number but i pay by phone bill since i dont have one . how can i fix this other than payin 11.95 a month
thanks 4 ne info
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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