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Submitted By Andy Allcorn (bob_the_gorilla)


The full set of MSN icons, made over in Adium style. All the icons have been modified to remove their white borders and have drop shadows, and now look good on any background. Most of the icons featuring faces have been Adiumified, and some are animated, too.

Work in progress.

1.1 - Changed the .plist to identify this as an MSN service emoticon pack, and reverted the "beer" icon to the msn default.



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# by on 11/04/04 at 10:25:47

Score another blow for interface-consistency!

# by Victim Duck on 11/04/04 at 18:35:57

Not bad ;-)
I like the idee to remake with your own style the msn emoticons

# by Daveecee on 11/04/04 at 20:56:25

Finally! The original MSN smileys are so annoying. Nice idea!

# by BlueRevolution on 11/04/04 at 23:29:56

awesome! I don't mind the MSN set but I'll use yours now anyway. how about a yahoo set? the main icons for yahoo REALLY annoy me. also your sleepy emoticon is still msn default...

# by bob_the_gorilla on 11/05/04 at 09:24:14

Thanks everyone. "also your sleepy emoticon is still msn default" - yeah. That's an animated one, and they take longer to do. Like I said, work in progress! :)

# by cheesechick on 11/06/04 at 12:15:43

Awesome! Some of the things don't match up with the standard MSN stuff though (like (st) is stormy clouds instead of being (li), but this is an awesome, amazing remake. Fantastic work!

# by bob_the_gorilla on 11/06/04 at 22:32:24

Thanks again! the list of emoticons is correct according to, which I assume is where eevyl got the icons originally. I've noticed that the handcuffs are missing though, for one, so it may not be entirely correct. Anyone who notices anything missing or wrong, please mail me!

# by on 11/10/04 at 03:20:02

this is one of the best things going! thanks so much! great work, great idea, and amazing dedication.

# by Dajk on 11/12/04 at 22:09:38

Now I would love an iChat like set ;)

# by on 11/13/04 at 06:17:40

I have a question.... is the ;) broken? It looks like a wink for a second and then becomes a :) which... is that intentional? Or something on my system?

# by bob_the_gorilla on 11/13/04 at 16:24:30

Intentional - it's animated. Blinks about every 5secs.

# by indy_jones on 11/15/04 at 03:53:56

I really enjoy this but would really like for the pause between animated icons to be shorter. I really get thrown off as to what it's supposed to be when it has such a long pause, like the crying and winking etc etc. But overall a super cool idea

# by bob_the_gorilla on 11/15/04 at 15:03:04

Any other opinions on this? IM me or send me an email... I tried to keep animation to a minimum - it's cool, but it bugs the hell out of me when someone uses them regularly and there's a half dozen faces constantly winking at me! :)

# by on 11/29/04 at 21:08:21

I must be doing something wrong, but when I install the icons, my Adium immediately quits and I get the crash-duck on my screen. When I manually remove the icons from the Application Support folder, all is well...

Any ideas anybody?

# by bob_the_gorilla on 11/29/04 at 22:10:55

Strange indeed, I doubt it's anything you're doing - though neither is it likely to be the fault of the emoticons, unless you somehow got a corrupted download, as there's really nothing funky going on there. I'd suggest you post in the forums, but a good first try might be moving Emoticons.plist out of ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Users/Default

# by Jorge on 01/21/05 at 15:16:51

I've been using this set of emoticons for some months. This is perfect for me, my friends and I use MSN and this set covers all the icons, and they are well done. Good job!

# by Sara on 01/25/05 at 18:23:04

These are great, a full set of MSN emoticons! just what I need, and they seem to fit in flawlessly too, although the animations take FOREVER to take effect!

# by bob_the_gorilla on 01/25/05 at 22:45:54

I'm thinking of removing the animations altogether and having all static emoticons, as they have fewer jagged edges. Any thoughts?

# by Anonymous on 03/15/05 at 23:21:48

COOL EMOTICONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# by on 03/17/05 at 03:10:01

does anyone know about the (%) handcuffs icon in MSN? Can you import that next?

I really can't live without my cuffs

# by bob_the_gorilla on 03/17/05 at 10:04:42

The only copy I can find of the handcuffs is painfully low quality - you can hardly see what they are. Anyone know where I can get a better-looking one?

# by on 03/20/05 at 19:35:33

TNX! I switched from pc to mac, so I've missed these ;)

# by on 04/06/05 at 15:23:34

...No turtle!


it's the only emoticon i use...

# by bob_the_gorilla on 04/06/05 at 22:30:22

I'll look into it.

# by bob_the_gorilla on 04/12/05 at 09:40:55

There actually is a turtle, I think you must have missed it.

# by Anonymous on 04/19/05 at 02:21:17

Dead sexy.

# by Anonymous on 04/20/05 at 12:47:03

Yery nice, on the animation front part of me says animate them all to the fullest (and a shorter) extent, but then static emoticons are nice too, an animated version and a static version would be cool, then you could just leave it up to the user.

# by Anonymous on 04/24/05 at 18:10:18

how do you make emoticons?

# by bob_the_gorilla on 04/24/05 at 18:16:22

To the anonymous user above: Not really a question for the comments section, but anyway... Download some emoticons (something like these!) and then control-click on the package you get, choose "show package contents". Have a look around inside, you'll soon see how they're made. You can open "emoticons.plist" in any text editor.

# by on 04/25/05 at 15:03:01

looks awesome!! definitely a great idea :) ichat icons look waaaay much better than msn ones, and with your pack i can get accurate and good lookin smileys.. hells yeah!

# by dcentity2000 on 04/29/05 at 15:01:01

THANK YOU! The MSN :D emoticon was starting to freak me out - looks like it's swallowed a banana sideways, if you ask me.

# by Frederik Madsen on 04/30/05 at 20:11:24


# by Matt on 05/03/05 at 18:48:31

I love it! Only one problem that stops it being my main emoticon pack: the wink looks far too similiar to the smile. Other than that, great! Thanks so much for making this :)

# by Daveecee on 05/08/05 at 18:35:34

Love it, but can you make the pause slightly shorter? I understand your point about having a bunch of smileys, but it's at the point where it does the animation too little and I start confusing certain icons like ;) for :) and :'( for :(

# by bob_the_gorilla on 05/08/05 at 18:41:33

Fair enough, I'll try to get round to it.

# by bob_the_gorilla on 05/08/05 at 18:43:19

Also, why did the funny man who posted twice a couple of comments up leave his email address? If I were a nasty person, I'd sign him up to a billion spam lists...

# by on 06/19/05 at 14:52:24

Really awesome! A commercial forum or IM-client would have payed many thousands for these ... :D

But, why didn't you make your own sleepy-icon?

# by on 06/22/05 at 13:17:02

Whoa, best there is.

# by on 07/21/05 at 16:18:04

Finally I can understand what my MSN friends are trying to tell me!

# by on 07/22/05 at 09:07:23

Why the WINK ;-) icon appears as normal SMILE icon?

# by Hawkman on 07/23/05 at 07:39:39

It doesn't, it winks every now and then.

# by Matt on 07/23/05 at 16:49:04

Please make the wink emoticon wink more often! It's difficult to see if it's :) or ;)

Otherwise, thanks! It's a great set :)

# by Félix on 08/30/05 at 10:56:28

Well actually you can see it's a wink since the borders aren't smooth :P
Nice work :)

# by mike2005 on 09/01/05 at 00:04:42


# by Jona on 09/11/05 at 21:02:30

I agree with the rest. This is a wonderful icon set. The best, actually.

However, I have two gripes with it:

1) The animation. Would it be possible to have them display more often? MUCH more often. Almost constantly. Thinking along the lines of, the set I used before I discovered this.

2) I really, really miss the handcuffs ;-) Also, the vampire bat doesn't move, like it does in the MSN originals. I often chat with this cute goth lass, and she uses the vampire bat quite a lot... ;-)

Well, apart from this, and in spite of this, thanks for a wonderful icon set!

# by theFalcon on 09/28/05 at 08:39:01

bob_the_gorilla> Your ;) doesn't wink. It's exactly the same as your :). Can you fix this? ... Oh wait, it does wink – once in a blue moon. And only very briefly, I might add. Can you change so it winks right away when I use it and that it will blink for longer? It really only winks for a split second now. Very hard to notice that it's ;) and not :). If you dont' want it to animate that often, just let it stay on the wink for longer and not on the smile. I mean, it's the wink that tells me it's a ;) and not the smile. I hope you understand what I mean. Good luck improving your work in progress. :)

# by android on 11/13/05 at 14:14:20

Fantastic set, bob_the_gorilla you are a god (of emoticons)

# by KingRyu on 11/29/05 at 10:11:10

beautiful...are we going to get a complete set evntually or is this the final???

# by xSpikex on 04/14/06 at 13:42:38

yes... fantast!c =)

# by sk8rb161 on 07/28/06 at 13:41:15

Hey, you know what you should do? change the computer from the windows computer, to a Mac computer! that would be friggin sweet, anyways, that's what I'm gon' do on my side, ... it's gonna look bettah! ;)

# by sk8rb161 on 07/28/06 at 13:51:32

oh and for the 'wink' issue, I changed the wink on my side to a stationary wink. It just winks, and it doesn't move ... it's not perfect, but at least I can make the difference between the two.

# by enkuturi-akrias on 09/16/06 at 18:48:48

this is the best emoticon pack!!! i love it!

# by evolutionX on 10/28/06 at 10:49:17

er i need some help do i use them in msn?

after i downloded and extracted it,how do i use them next?and are all these only applicable for mac?how bout windows?sorry for this noob question and thanks.

# by Ma8thew on 11/01/06 at 19:57:59

This site provides addons for the Adium messenger client, for the Mac. These addons will not work in any other client (MSN for example).

# by sphynx on 11/09/07 at 23:39:45

I'm probably the only person to have noticed this, but this emoticonset doesn't completely work on case-sensitive filesystems. The Emoticons.plists says: "Thumbs down.png", "Wink Tongue Out.png" and "Thumbs up", while the files are "Thumbs Down.png", "Thumbs Up.png" and "Wink Tongue out.png". Not a mayor issue - I fixed it for myself, but I thought I'd report it ^^

# by uberben on 11/21/07 at 02:59:00

thank you SOOOOOOO much sphynx. i've been wondering for the longest time why i couldn't use the thumbs up emoticon. for me, the only messed up ones are thumbs up, thumbs down, and beer. if anyone else has similar issues, just check your plist files to see what the capitalization issue is.

# by johncoxon on 12/30/07 at 15:55:34

I went through the .plist and changed some stuff and noticed 'Beer.png' and 'Beer Mug.png' - Beer Mug is the proper MSN one, but it has a white background and not the transparency present in the others, which I think should be fixed. Handcuffs need implementing still (there's a handcuffs icon somewhere else in Xtras if you want to do it that way instead, though, folks!) and the 'Secret Telling.png' icon looks like a direct scale-down of the MSN version. Lastly, please either make static versions of the animated emoticons or drastically scale up the repeat rate, because although I dislike walls of animated emoticons, it is kinda useful to be able to tell what they are...

Other than that, these are all fantastic and I like them a lot, especially the Angel icon! :D

# by wolfastra on 01/28/08 at 12:18:10

i LOVE this set, it's amazing. missing only the goat emoticon (well, i'm pretty sure there was one on microsoft messenger, when i was still using microsoft&pc).
by the way, again, bravo! :)

ps: i've noticed too that thumbs up/down and beer were missing, but now i'll try and fix them on my own.

# by papero on 08/28/08 at 14:08:22

Hi, guys,
i LOVE this set icons.
Is possible to have the icons in format .png?


# by papero on 08/28/08 at 14:20:06

solved, sorry!

# by GameGuy360 on 08/30/08 at 05:31:58

great set, i always kinda liked msn's set but they looked ugly with adium.

# by nan on 09/21/08 at 14:35:34

very handy! good job.

# by simonm on 10/15/09 at 16:34:12

The most important one (beer mug) isn't working for me! :(

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Current Version: 1.1
Last Updated: 04/18/05
Whoever designed the original Adium faces, and eevyl for the original MSN-Animated emoticons.