How to Add Smileys to Pidgin

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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Customize Pidgin with a downloadable smiley theme or disable smiley themes entirely.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.