AOL does allow you to download your emails and read and reply to them while you are not connected to their service but the way that you do it isn't really obvious, hence the reason for this page.
Of course you can't really send a reply to emails without going online (this applies to any email program not just AOL) but you can create new emails and replies to emails that you have received and save them to be sent the next time that you do go online, reducing the amount of time that you actually need to spend online.
So how do we access emails without going online when the first thing that happens when you start AOL is that it opens the signon screen that will take you online? Well you actually need to ignore that screen or move it out of the way so that you can proceed to use AOL without actually connecting to AOL. Minimizing the signon screen is probably the best option to get it out of the way.
So now to access the emails that were downloaded the last time we were online (or on earlier occasions). To do this we select the Emails option from the toolbar at the top of the program. The second last entry in the menu that appears will allow you to access and read those emails that have been downloaded to your computer. If you decide to reply to an email you will see that after you type in your reply that you have a choice of Send and Send Later. If you choose the first of these then you will be taken online immediately so that the email can be sent right now. If you choose the second then the email will be saved so that it can be sent the next time that you go online. The last option on the Email menu gives you a list of emails that are currently waiting to be sent.
The other options that are relevant to offline email processing are the menu entries and buttons that refer to Automatic AOL. If you configure this to send emails waiting to be sent but don't configure it to run at a scheduled time then you can run Auto AOL manually when you are ready to send the waiting emails.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.