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AOL

GAG THE TALKING MAILBOX

The Annoyance:

I feel like throwing my coffee mug at my Mac every time AOL announces, "You've got mail." I can't just turn off the sound, because I need the sound turned on for other things. I just want AOL to shut up.

The Fix:

Hey, you should count your blessings that all software isn't verbally inclined, telling you that "Your file is downloaded," or "You have a spreadsheet." Not consoled? Okay, fine. Here's how to shut AOL up. Log into AOL, go to the toolbar and choose Settings → Preferences. Now, click Toolbar and Sound. Uncheck the box labeled "Enable AOL Sounds," and AOL becomes your silent partner.


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