Archive Yahoo Messenger Version 4 Editing Smileys
Tuesday, 18 November 2003
THIS WAS DONE USING VERSION 4,0,0,953
Intro... I couldn't begin to tell you how many hours has gone into this wee
project... I can't say it's been life consuming but in saying that it's certainly
used its fair share... and then some. In some ways that's what made it such
a challenge... in others it's also made it extremely rewarding as it’s reminded
me that scattered all over this wee world of ours are some extremely talented
and very kind hearted people who without the long arm of the internet I would
never have had the opportunity and pleasure to meet and work with (virtually
speaking) so before I get any further into this let me introduce my two consorts
on this mission....and me ;)
Me and My Consorts...
DISCLAIMER: Wacky B (www.wackyb.co.nz)
in no way associated with Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com)
We are not in partnership with them, we don't get paid by them, we won't get
paid if you use the information, we won't get paid if you download their Messenger
program (we don't get paid at all!) The Smiley graphics detailed on the pages
shown are ALL © 2001 Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com)
and clearly marked as such. They are NOT our graphics and we have not edited
them. The process of changing the Smileys is NO DIFFERENT to the concept behind
changing the Messenger Themes, Emote_User file or Sound Schemes.
NOTE: Just to reiterate... for the Smileys
that you have editied to show on other ppls IM's they too MUST have the same
files as you do :-) EOB... go forth, enjoy and don't
forget to Smiley ;-)
Before you actually start to edit anything perhaps it'd pay to have a quick
read over the all the pages in this section (submenu above) so you
have some idea about what you're getting yourself into.
How To Edit... (as at 22 May 2001)
Please make sure you have the SETUP file
for messenger. I know you already have Messenger installed but just in case
it goes wrong and/or you need to reinstall it you can have it close at hand.
Also do a copy/backup of your Smiley folder..
that way you can just drop the originals back in if you get them muddled.
Here's Andrew's How to.. almost word for word ;-) on creating an new Smiley
that's LARGER than the standard 18x18..
Have your bmp ready and saved (make sure
you have it named A.bmp)
In your image editor with the file open choose EDIT
and COPY so you have the image on the clipboard.
Now, open up wordpad and choose EDIT
Now, in wordpad choose file and save as..
Change the file type to RTF and save it
as A.rtf (assuming your BMP is A.BMP)
At this point you've now got an A.bmp file and an A.rtf
Go to your Smiley folder and rename the current A files
I found it easy to rename them aa.bmp and aa.rtf as
I could remember which one went where ;-) so b.bmp and b.rtf becomes bb.bmp
and bb.rtf etc but whatever works for you.
Now drop your new a.bmp and a.rtf files into the folder...
ta da! Your done. Launch Yahoo Messenger and there
it is :-)
Here's the How to.. on creating a new Smiley that's the SAME
size as the standard ones (18x18)
Note:You don't need to manually create an
rtf file for this size bmp it'll 'autocreate'
one for you the first time you use the smiley. see [Our
notes...] and [How
we did it...] for more information on this. Use the method below
if you wish to replace the existing Smileys on the Drop
Down Menu with the new 'secret' Smileys
Change the original files in the Smiley
folder... so rename a.bmp and a.rtf (if that's the one your going to replace!)
Put your new pic in the folder and rename
it to a.bmp
Launch Messenger and hit the Smiley.. ta da!
(doing this creates a new rtf file.. for more info see [Our
notes...] and [How
we did it...])
simple aye :-)
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 November 2003 )