BlackBerry Messenger is the proprietary mobile messaging software that comes preinstalled in most BlackBerry phones. BlackBerry users can use the application to send each other direct instant messages on their mobile devices. One of the most entertaining features of the software is its capacity for emoticons. BlackBerry Messenger comes with dozens of default emoticons available to use, but you can also add your own symbols to the application, which you can then use in your ordinary text messages whenever you choose.
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Things you need
- Wingding font
- Word-processing software
- Internet-connected PC
Visit a site on your PC that provides symbols for your BlackBerry Messenger, such as BBM Emoticons or PocketBerry (see Resources). Alternatively, use the Windows character map by clicking the "Start" button, clicking "Run" and typing "charmap." Once you click "OK," you will see a huge selection of Windows special characters that you can use in BlackBerry Messenger.
Highlight the characters you'd like to install on BlackBerry Messenger. Right click over the highlighted text, then select "Copy" to copy the selected symbols to your computer's clipboard.
Launch your e-mail client on your PC. Use an e-mail software that allows you to format e-mail with Windows fonts. Open a blank e-mail.
Right click in the blank body of the email, and select "Paste" from the drop-down menu. This will paste all of the special characters into the body of your e-mail.
Send this e-mail to an e-mail address you can access on your BlackBerry. Open the email on your BlackBerry.
Select and copy the desired symbol. Position your BlackBerry cursor just prior to the symbols you want to add to BlackBerry Messenger. Press the left menu button on your phone -- the one directly to the left of your phone's track pad or track ball, with the BlackBerry logo on it. Click "Select" from the pop-up menu, and move your cursor over one of the symbols you'd like to add. Click again when you've highlighted your desired symbol. Press the menu button again, then select "Copy" to copy this symbol to your phone's clipboard.
Select the "Settings" icon from your main BlackBerry home screen, then select "Options," then "Auto Text" to access the AutoText option.
Create a new AutoText entry. Press the left menu button on your phone and click "New." Under "Replace," type a special combination of letters of your choosing that will automatically create the symbol when typed. For example, if you're adding a symbol of a heart, you might type "<3" so that whenever you type "<3" in Messenger, a heart symbol appears in its place. Under the "With" field, press the left menu button and select "Paste." This will paste your symbol into the field.
Save your new Auto Text shortcut. Press the left menu button again, and choose "Save" to save the symbol. From now on, whenever you type that combination of letters in BlackBerry Messenger, your new symbol will appear.
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