How to add Smilies/ Emoticons in Google Talk (Gtalk)

I really love to use similes while chatting, without smilies I feel I’m missing an essential chatting feature. Well, unfortunately GTalk doesn’t have smilies included by default due to which I don’t feel like using GTalk. I was very curious to know if it was possible to add smilies into GTalk and to my surprise I found a way to do so while I was surfing. Anthony has stated a wonderful idea on his website which allows one to add smilies in GTalk.
So, how is it done?
Well, it’s really simple. The main concept of getting smilies is through converting the text smilies of GTalk into smilies. As the new version of GTalk includes support for themes we can add a theme with custom smilies in order to get rid of those text smilies. In short, it’s nothing but just adding a custom theme. Sounds easy isn’t it? Here’s how it’s done:
1. Download any one of the below smiley theme which you like.

Download Classic Emoticons theme

Download Bubble Emoticons theme

2. Now extract the zip to a specific folder.
3. Go to the following location:

C:/Documents and Settings/(your user name)/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Google Talk/themes/user/chat

>Replace (your user name) with your Windows account user name without brackets
>The folder chat isn’t there by default so you have to create a folder with the name “chat” inside the folder “user”

4. Now drag the folder which you had extracted previously into the following location:

C:/Documents and Settings/(your user name)/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Google Talk/themes/user/chat

5. Start Google Talk and go to Settings> Appearance and choose the chat theme which you had extracted. Now click “ok”
6. That’s it you’ll now have smilies in your GTalk. To test you can chat with you friend and try out.

Below are the emoticons supported by GTalk… So if you use these you’ll get the emoticons in the chat window

Note that only you will be able to see the emoticons as you have installed the theme. Your friend will see the emoticons in the form of above signs. So, if your friend too wants to see the emoticons, he will also need to install the theme.

That’s it for now, hope you liked the idea. I’ll create my own emoticon theme very soon. So keep watching.

RELATED: FREE Google Talk Themes

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Discussion

9 comments for “How to add Smilies/ Emoticons in Google Talk (Gtalk)”

  • http://technoworld.uni.cc Siddharth

    Nice thing :)
    I now use pidgin but when I used Gtalk I used to have a software which added many functionalities including smilies :)

  • Karthik

    Man,, This is really cool.. Thanks for the info. :)

  • http://Google Narasimha Prasad

    Hi Man,

    Thanks a lot it good & cool but if you try to implement any drop down button for similes in the chat window will be excellent.

  • http://selvarajm1987@gmail.com selvaraj

    How to add Smilies/ Emoticons in Microsoft Office Outlook

  • BREEZ

    :-) thank U …………

  • Hamed9635

    It didn’t work

  • quiruk

    excellent I like it

  • Valentina

    How can I do it in Windows Seven? Please! 

  • Khayer

    its not work windows 7 plz help me skype: akhayer15

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