How to add smileys to pidgin

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How to add smileys to pidgin
Customise Pidgin with a downloadable smiley theme or disable smiley themes entirely. (3 balls with a smiley image by Ramona smiers from

Pidgin is an instant messaging program that connects to a variety of instant messaging networks including AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ and Google Talk. Pidgin includes a default smiley theme and supports user-created smiley themes. Pidgin smiley themes replace common smiley faces such as ":)," ":(" and ";)" with graphical images. Add smileys to Pidgin by downloading them then dragging and dropping them onto the "Themes" window.

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  1. 1

    Download a new Pidgin smiley theme (see Resources). Click on "My Computer," then navigate to the location where you saved the theme.

  2. 2

    Open Pidgin by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and "Pidgin."

  3. 3

    Open Pidgin's Preferences window by clicking "Tools" and "Preferences" in the Pidgin buddy list window.

  4. 4

    Click the "Themes" tab at the left side of the "Preferences" window.

  5. 5

    Add a smiley theme to Pidgin by dragging and dropping it from Windows Explorer into the "Smiley Theme" list in the "Preferences" window.

  6. 6

    Use the new smiley theme by clicking the "Smiley Theme" list, clicking a smiley theme from the list and clicking "Close" in the "Preferences" window.

Tips and warnings

  • Pidgin smiley themes only affect what you see on your computer: people you're talking to can't see them.

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