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.aol File Extension

Developer: America Online Inc.
File type: AOL Application File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .aol. Files with the file extension .aol can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .aol files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .aol file?

An AOL application file is used by the AOL software to dispatch the corresponding program that a user requested to access from the AOL software. This means when a user tries to access a particular application included in the AOL software suite, such as the AOL Shopping Assistant, the AOL application file locates the executable file deployed for the corresponding AOL application requested by the user, then instructs the executable file to initialize. The executable file then locates other program files associated to the application and loads the relevant data required to provide the user with access to the integrated set of functionalities implemented into the AOL application. The content of an AOL application file consists of source code that is integrated with compilation specifications and implemented with data encoding standards that are used to store its content in the AOL file format, and these AOL application files are affixed with the .aol extension.

how to open a .aol file?

Launch a .aol file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .aol file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .aol files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .aol file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .aol file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .aol file association errors

applications that open a .aol file

America Online

America Online

The AOL Desktop is A Web browser, an Instant Messenger (IM) program and a media player in one application. It has an improved browser that allows users to quickly access sites stored in their favorites folder, and an intelligent search engine is included in this application, along with auto complete functions. It is integrated with Mail and AIM (instant messaging) applications and offers quick sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Lifestream, email and IM. AOL Desktop 9.7 provides clickable links within its Menu and Toolbar. It also comes with a better performing Mail application that can accommodate email with larger inbox capacity. This software runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and 8. It needs a web browser and works best with Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher. It requires at least 266 MHz, 800 x 600 pixel of display resolution, 128 MB RAM and 250 MB of free space. It also needs to connect to the Internet with 28.8 kbps modem or higher for it to fully function.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .aol files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .aol. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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