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How to Download Images on AOL

AOL users often complain that the graphics they see are of poor quality. This is because, by default, AOL browsers are set to display compressed images, which simply don't look as nice because they are a poorer quality.

The also complain that or when they try to save a .GIF or .JPG image it turns into a .ART file. The AOL browser saves images in its own proprietary (compressed) format, thus converting .GIF and .JPG images into .ART files. See this page if you don't know how to download images at all.

The good news is, you can change that browser behavior and make it play nice. Here's how to turn off AOL image compression:

  1. Click My AOL at the top of the screen.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click WWW.
  4. Click Web Graphics.
  5. Uncheck Use Compressed Graphics.
  6. Click Apply.
Note that these instructions may vary from browser version to browser version, but the general idea is the same. You may need to hunt around a little bit to find the right place to turn off image compression, but it should be there somewhere.

If you return to a previously visited page, AOL will load the old compressed graphics from cache. A browser's cache is where web pages you've visited are temporarily stored on your computer. If you revisit these pages before they expire you may be viewing pages on your computer rather than on the site, so you may still see the old, compressed image files. To change that you need to clear out your temporary files. If you want to clear the temporary files, while you are still in My AOL/Preferences, do this:

  1. Click General.
  2. Click Delete Files.
  3. Click Apply.
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