How to Keep Your New Mail & Old Mail Separate on AOL

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AOL is a well-known Web service provider. In addition to other services, the company offers free webmail service to the general public. AOL makes it easy for its webmail customers to keep new email messages separate from old email messages. You can, for example, set up AOL to automatically send email messages to an "Old Mail" folder after the message has been viewed. You can also manually move old mail messages to a separate folder, regardless of whether or not the message has actually been read.

Set Up AOL to Automatically Move Read Email to "Old Mail" Folder

  • Log in to your AOL email account.

  • Go to the AOL "Switch from Inbox to New/Old View" Web page (see Resources).

  • Click the "Switch to New/Old" button.

  • Sign out of your AOL email account.

  • Log back in to your AOL email account. Underneath the "New Mail" folder in the AOL mail panel there should also be an "Old Mail" folder. All new incoming and unread emails are automatically sent to and stored in the "New Mail" folder. After an email is read, it is automatically moved to the "Old Mail" folder where it is stored for 30 days then deleted.

Manually Move a New Email from the Inbox to a Specific Folder

  • Log in to your AOL email account.

  • Click on the "Inbox" or "New Mail" folder in the AOL mail panel.

  • Click on the new email message you want to read. Review the email.

  • Open the "Action" drop-down menu. Go to the "Move to" section of the menu and click on the folder where you would like the email message to be saved too, such as the "Saved Mail" folder, "Spam" folder or "Trash." You can also select "New Folder" to create a new folder.

Manually Move a New Unread Email from the Inbox to a Specific Folder

  • Log in to your AOL email account.

  • Click on the "Inbox" or "New Mail" folder in the AOL mail panel.

  • Put a check mark in the box next to the new email message you want to move.

  • Open the "Action" drop-down menu. Go to the "Move to" section of the menu and click on the folder where you would like the email message to be saved too, such as the "Saved Mail" folder, "Spam" folder or "Trash." You can also select "New Folder" to create a new folder.

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