MSN Messenger 6 introduced the ability to add your own, user-defined emoticons. Unfortunately, they don’t currently allow you to send animated images. You can specify an animated image as your custom emoticon, but MSN Messenger will only display the first frame of the animation.
MSN Messenger 6 does have eleven built-in animated emoticons, and with a little effort on your part, you can replace them with your own animation. Read more
As long as I’ve been a part of the MSN Messenger community, one of the most asked questions is “How do I remove Windows Messenger from Windows XP?”
Most people tell you to do this:
- Go to Start > Run then type: RunDll32 advpack.dll
- LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf, BLC.
- Remove and press Enter
Although almost all of us already know the answer was to do that above, I’m here to tell you it’s wrong. Though removing Windows Messenger would seem a blessing, doing so would effectively lag your Outlook/Outlook Express as well as cause some Windows XP features to cease functioning.
Luckily there is an alternative. Instead of uninstalling Windows Messenger, you should hide it. The only way I know of so far would be to use an application called Disable Windows Messenger by Doug Knox.
If you have any ideas, comments, or questions just share them in our Windows Live Messenger forum.
I’ve been using Messenger Plus! 2 for about a month now. It’s extremely simple to set up with a standard install interface, and it works beautifully from the start. Here’s a look at what this add-on offers.
Messenger Plus! 2 (or MP2) adds some wonderful little features. One of my favorites of which is the option for automatic logging of messages. I know I have conversations containing useful information, or things that are just plain funny. I’d be willing to bet that others could get similar use out of it.
There is also an event log, so you can see when your friends login, logout, and change their status.
Modify the Interface
You can turn off the ad banner in the contact list or control the transparency of your chat windows.
Custom Away Messages
Another of the useful and fun features is the ability to set several different custom away messages, which allows for either serious messages to describe your reason for absence, or a humorous blurb to give the same information along with entertaining. You can also insert a code that counts down and tells them how long until you’ll be back.
Create Predefined Messages
MP2 also increases the amount of text that can be sent in one message, and you can set it to help through prompts when using emotes. You can create and store predefined messages. Use it for favorite quotes, helps, or just talking smack with your friends.
Messenger already can be configured to play a sound when a contact comes online, but Messenger Plus! lets you take that even further, assigning custom sounds to contacts.
If you’ve used MSN Messenger for very long, you’ve probably got a long list of contacts. I’ve got people that I don’t even remember anymore, but MP2 makes it easy to clean up my contact list with it’s contact manager. This tool shows your entire contact list, with their last login date and the date of your last chat. I had some people who hadn’t logged on in over 60 days. A good indication that I can purge them from my list.
Now you can mix text formatting (bold, italics, and colors) in your instant messages. MP2 also supports keyboard formatting shortcuts like CTRL-B and CTRL-I.
Messenger Plus! has clean, easy-to-navigate interface for setting your preferences. It gives you very fine control over all of the options.
MP2 requires Windows 95/98/ME or Windows NT4/2000/XP, and either MSN Messenger or Windows Messenger. It’s compatible with versions 4.6 to 5.0. The installation package is 1.2 MB.
All in all, if you use Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger, Messenger Plus! it’s worth your while to download this add-on. It has something for everyone.