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May 12, 2010 / douglasac

Using MSN Emotes Out Of MSN

So I was wanting to get my MSN emoticons out of MSN to use elsewhere. A quick Google turned up the results I wanted, but the guide wasn’t necessarily perfect (’tis here), primarily because I run Windows 7 and it’s not geared towards beginners. So, I’ve expanded upon it here for you and made it more userfriendly. Enjoy!

First Steps for Windows XP

  1. Click Start à Run.
  2. Type C:\Documents And Settings\ then click OK
  3. Click Tools à Folder Options
  4. Choose the View tab.
  5. Click Show Hidden Files and Folders so that there is a checkmark in the box next to it.
  6. Click Hide extensions for known file types (recommended) so that there isn’t a checkmark in the box next to it.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Open the folder with your username on it.
  9. Open the Application Data folder.
  10. Open the Microsoft folder.
  11. Open the Messenger folder.
  12. Open the folder with your Windows Live ID on it.
  13. Open the folder called ObjectStore
  14. Open the folder called CustomEmoticons.

First Steps for Windows Vista/7

  1. Click Start à All Programs à Accessories à Run
  2. Type C:\Users\ then click OK
  3. Click Organize à Folder and Search Options]
  4. Choose the View Tab
  5. Click Show Hidden Files and Folders so that there is a checkmark in the box next to it.
  6. Click Hide extensions for known file types (recommended) so that there isn’t a checkmark in the box next to it.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Open the folder with your username on it.
  9. Open the AppData folder.
  10. Open the Local Folder.
  11. Open the Microsoft folder.
  12. Open the Messenger folder.
  13. Open the folder with your Windows Live ID on it.
  14. Open the folder called ObjectStore
  15. Open the folder called CustomEmoticons.

Steps for Windows XP, Vista and 7

  1. Right-click an empty space and choose Sort By à Type
  2. Click on the first DT2 file (which should be the first icon in the folder)
  3. Press and hold Shift.
  4. Click on the last DT2 file.
  5. Right click on any one, and choose Copy.
  6. Open your (My) Documents folder.
  7. Create a new folder. Call it Emoticons (do not call it anything else or later steps will fall flat on their face and die) and open it.
  8. Right click anywhere in the folder, and click Paste.
  9. You will now have a folder filled with assorted files. Keep it open.
  10. Bring up the Run dialog box as specified in step 1 for your version of Windows (up top)
  11. Type cmd and press OK.
  12. All going well, you should have something that looks like this:
  13. Follow the steps appropriate for your OS:
    1. In Windows XP, type cd My Documents\Emoticons then press Enter.
    2. In Windows Vista, type cd Documents\Emoticons then press Enter.
    3. Under Windows 7, you may choose to follow Step A or Step B above.
  14. Type ren *.dt2 *.gif then press Enter.
  15. If you are presented with a new prompt, you’re good. Any errors, you ballsed up and I don’t want to help you, so find yourself a nerd to help you.
  16. Download and install IrfanView (from hither) if you’ve not got it already.
    1. Don’t let it install any toolbars. Browser toolbars are the scourge of the known universe.
    2. Don’t let it associate itself with anything. You’re probably quite happy with whatever you’ve got right now for your images, etc.
  17. When it’s installed, it will open. Close it.
  18. Go back to your Emoticons folder.
  19. Right click the first one, and choose Open With, and select IrfanView
  20. Press the Spacebar key repeatedly.
  21. If an error message like this comes up, click OK, or continue mashing the Spacebar key.

Now, that was a bit longer than the original post, but you now have all your emoticons in an appropriate format for use elsewhere. Enjoy!

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