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Why do JPEG photographs / images on the Web look so bad in my AOL browser?
Why does the web sites' background image look poor in my AOL browser?
AOL has a setting that, by default, is installed to speed up graphics download at a significant loss in image quality. To view true-color JPEG images in their normal (best) quality, configure your AOL browser as shown in the following steps. Close this window to return to the previous window.
1. Access AOL's "Preferences"
as shown below for AOL 4.0...
7. Close this window to return to the previous window.