AOL’s “Back to Classic” link doesn’t change AOL back to “Classic” look.

And the goggles, they do nothing!

This is your brain on AOL

If you don’t use AOL or visit their home page you might not know that in honor of their newfound freedom from Time Warner and their Dec. 10 IPO (they’re trading on the stock market again under their own ticker – AOL – for the first time in years), they got rid of their pyramid/evil eye logo and replaced it with wow, about twenty new logos, which mostly look like food-colored brains and jellyfish (it’s just AOL’s way of Rorschach testing you folks, don’t worry).

Will this image offend the Catholics? It certainly offends me.

The new logos, designed by random guys that AOL’s devs found in San Francisco on whoah-groovy-man acid trips and psychiatrists who administer the latest in Rorschach tests, now run along the top of the page in one big, ugly clusterfuck. The new look is, among other things, disgusting, nor is it easy to get rid of, since the link on the bottom left of the home page, clearly marked “Back to Classic”, just changes the backgrounds without getting rid of the logos – or the new look.

Classic link does not equal Classic look

So much for AOL’s “Classic” look (which I never liked, anyway); it seems it’s been laid to rest along with AOL’s UK message boards, Hometown pages, and Xdrive, among other things that AOL users actually (how could you guys?) liked.

I hate jellyfish. I *really* hate purple jellyfish.

Unfortunately, the only workaround I can suggest for now is to use Yahoo!, MSN, NetVibes, or another home page for your email and news. If the “Back to Classic” link ever gets fixed or a workaround presents itself, feel free to share that in the comments or to send me an email.

Hide AOL logos per visit

If you just want to turn off the logos, look in the top upper right-hand corner of the home page. You’ll see tiny thumbnails of the brains logos. There’s a link to the right of them that says Close. Just click it and they’re gone. You’ll have to keep cookies enabled, though, or the jellyfish logos will come back to torment intrigue you each time you re-open your browser and/or refresh the page.

17 thoughts on “AOL’s “Back to Classic” link doesn’t change AOL back to “Classic” look.

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  2. Where is the “back to classic” link? It is not at the bottom of the home page. I HATE this new AOL and want to get the classic back. HELP


    • There is no “Back to Classic” link. AOL has removed it. To double-check that the Classic AOL home page is gone, I cut and pasted this link into my browser (after copying it into Notepad from the screen cap in my article): (DO NOT USE – just returns you to new AOL home page).

      So use this link instead:

      It’s ugly, with all the teal green or blue or whatever color that is, but it’s the closest thing to AOL Classic that’s left, period.


      • mine has IT @ the bottom of the page AND OF COURSE IT DOESN’T WORK.
        what a waste of bandwidth and so feekiiing annoying,
        yahOOrs just as bad.
        too much BACKGROUND CRAP running w/both.

        what a bunch of MORONS designed this crap.
        at least i got rid of their bs videos-switch to on demand.


        • It has it at the bottom of the page? Because no link has existed that anyone else knows of for years – be it a working link or not.

          And yeah, Yahoo! (your alternative spelling kind of made my mouth drop open) is indeed a rather high-bandwidth page. There really is too much crap running in the background. I would imagine (though I have not tried it out in years) that the software version of AOL’s home page is just as bad, but the strictly-online one at is not quite as memory intensive, IMO.


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  5. AOL return to “classic” does not work. Mine worked for 3 days and then, went back to the new version. I tried changing it back I can’t even count how many times, it simply does not work. It should not involve clearing anything, turning the computer off etc. If you choose classic it should stay there period. Either it’s a software glitch or AOL doesn’t know what the heck they are doing. I vote for the latter.


    • It occurs to me I still hate AOL even after all these years (erm: 10). What reminds me is doing a Google search for the Classic AOL site just now after reading your comment. Of course my blog comes up a gazillion times because AOL hath given and taken away the Classicness so many times. (2009 and 2011 both being banner years for this.) But then I found this in Google, as well: – an FAQ that indicates you can still return to the Classic AOL site at Of course, you can’t. But do they delete this FAQ to reflect that? Nooooo. Of course not. AOL is always deleting shit they should leave alone or leaving alone shit they really should delete. They earn the dislike, I swear.


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