Access your custom MSN emoticons

First published on June 3, 2006

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Got fun custom MSN emoticons that you want to use outside of the MSN environment? You can find them here (well, that’s where they are in Windows XP):

c:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\MSN Messenger\yourMSNaccountnumber\CustomEmoticons

They have the extension .dat, so just copy them elsewhere and rename them to either .gif or .jpg and you’re good to go.
I would reference the webpage where I found this information, but I don’t actually remember what page it was.


7 Responses to “Access your custom MSN emoticons”

  1. Dee says:

    Thanks for that info. I have been trying to find a way to copy them for ages.

  2. brandy says:

    I am trying to do this, I found a bunch of .dat files in a CustomEmoticons folder and i copied them, put them into a new folder. Now how do I atually rename them? I right clicked them and after the name of the file i just put .jpg is that right? I am really have very limited knowledge of things like this. Help!

  3. Peter says:

    Yup, that’s it! Some might be .gif or .png, but if you’re on a Windows computer, the default “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer” should be able to read image files even if you give them the wrong image extension…

  4. DiNgO says:

    Another way is to open any folder than go… TOOLS/FOLDER OPTIONS than in the view tab make sure hide extension for known file types is not checked

  5. Christina says:

    Thanks so much!

  6. Paul says:

    could anyone kindly share where can I find the cool emoticon for msn? (not smiley) thank you :)

  7. zema says:

    thank you =)))

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