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.
Download a new Pidgin smiley theme (see Resources). Click on "My Computer," then navigate to the location where you saved the theme.
Open Pidgin by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and "Pidgin."
Open Pidgin's Preferences window by clicking "Tools" and "Preferences" in the Pidgin buddy list window.
Click the "Themes" tab at the left side of the "Preferences" window.
Add a smiley theme to Pidgin by dragging and dropping it from Windows Explorer into the "Smiley Theme" list in the "Preferences" window.
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.
Pidgin smiley themes only affect what you see on your computer: people you're talking to can't see them.