Using AOL E-Mail Controls
(lifted directly from AOL's help files)
This is a public service message for all AOL users. Please observe these
procedures and allow me to send you e-mail. Thanks!
The Mail Controls™ feature allows you to place restrictions on the exchange
of e-mail for each of the screen names on your account.
How To Set Your Mail Controls™:
1. Sign on to America Online using a master screen name. Make sure that you
are signed onto AOL using a master screen name. Master screen names include
the first screen name you created when you joined AOL as well as any other
screen names that have been designated as master screen names using Parental
2. Go to Keyword: Mail Controls.
3. Click the Go to Mail Controls button at the bottom of the window. A list of
screen names for your account appears.
4. Click the button next to the screen name for which you wish to set
5. Click Edit. The Mail Controls window appears.
6. Choose from these options:
* Click allow all e-mail if you don't want any restrictions on your e-mail.
* Click block all e-mail if you don't want to receive any e-mail at all to
this account. You can still send e-mail.
* Click Allow e-mail only from selected AOL members, Internet domains and
addresses if you want e-mail from only the people you select.
* Click Block e-mail from selected AOL members, Internet domains and
addressesif you don't want e-mail from a certain list of people.
* Click Block e-mail with pictures or attached files if you don't want to
receive files attached to e-mail messages.
* To add a list of addresses, click the box next to the Add Address button,
and type the first address. If you have more than one address, use commas to
separate them. The address(es) you typed appear in the large list box.
* If you make a mistake in typing an address, or you change your mind about
including that address, click the address to highlight it, and then click
7. When you are satisfied with your settings, click OK.
For information about restricting downloads and specific areas of AOL, see:
Tip: Most Internet junk e-mail is 'forged', meaning that the addresses
and domains shown on the "from," "to,"
"reply-to," and "return-path," lines are fake. In order to
cut down on the amount of junk e-mail that you receive, it's best to block
several domain names in Mail Controls. The domain name is the information
following the "@" sign in an Internet e-mail address.
Therefore, if an e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
then xxx.xxxx.edu is the domain name. (Note: If you block e-mail from an
entire domain, you also may also block e-mail from friends who use that
Note: If you receive a lot of Internet junk e-mail and don't
typically correspond with people who use Internet e-mail, then you may want to
select the option to "Allow e-mail from all AOL members, and only from
selected Internet domains and addresses." Selecting this option will
allow you to receive e-mail from any AOL member and only the Internet domains
and e-mail addresses that you specify.