How to use Bonus Smileys for AOL Instant Messenger
The SmileyCentral add-on for your AOL Instant Messenger has three main features:
- It allows you to send one of over 10,000 custom emoticons in your conversation;
- It lets you add a cool Webfetti graphic to your message; or
- It gives you an option to select one of many electronic greeting cards to send to your friends.
How to send a custom emoticon:
Make sure that AOL Instant Messenger is closed. To enable Smiley Central in AOL Instant Messenger, click on the MyWebSearch button in your browser.
To enable/disable Smiley Central within AOL Instant Messenger, go to Internet Explorer browser and:
1) Find the "My Web Search" button on your toolbar and click the
2) Select "Enable/Disable
3) Check the box next to "AOL Instant Messenger" to enable, uncheck the box to
4) Click "Save Changes"
Be sure to close your AOL Instant Messenger, then re-open for
your changes to take effect.
Once restarted, open AOL Instant Messenger. Click on the contact you want to send an instant message to. This will open a conversation window. In the top right corner of the IM window you will see a SmileyCentral toolbar. To insert a smiley into a message, you need to open SmileyCentral Add-on by clicking the smiley face on the tool bar.
After clicking on a smiley icon within your Smiley application, you will see something like this in your compose box: @[smiley: Hi Ya : [15/15_1_70]]
This is code that tells your IM client to display your smiley as an icon once you click Send. Go ahead and try it. Send your message and the code will convert to the smiley icon that you and your friend will be able to see.
How to send a Webfetti Graphic:
To insert a cool graphic into a message you need to open WebFetti Add-on by clicking on the WF icon on the SmileyCentral toolbar.
How to send a greeting card:
You can also send an e-card via your IM conversation. To insert a card into a message you need to open MyFunCards Add-on by clicking the “e” icon on the toolbar. Then simply select the e-card you want, and send.
Bonus Smileys for AOL Instant Messenger Troubleshooting
friend is seeing code (for example: @[smiley:
Hi Ya : [15/15_1_70]]) when I try to send him/her a smiley
in my AIM client. What can my friend do to see the icon, instead?
If your friend does not yet have Smiley Central, he/she will
see smiley code rather than the icon. Your friend will need to download
and install Smiley Central in order to see the icon. To facilitate
this, we occasionally include a brief message and a link to the Smiley
Central download page when your friend receives a message from you in
which you have attempted to insert a smiley.
am unable to send
an image to my AIM buddy using the Direct
How can I get it to
To receive an
image using a Direct IM Connection, you
must first click on the wrench button (to the right of your Smiley
Central button) and select "Enable Direct Connect." This will, in
effect, disable Smiley Central and allow you to receive images
from your buddy. To enable Smiley Central again, click
the wrench button again and select "Enable Smiley Central."
(NOTE: Enabling Smiley Central will disable Direct Connect and you will
lose any images previously displayed during that IM session. The images
will not re-appear again if you enable Direct Connect later.)
Is Smiley Central compatible
with all versions of AIM?
Central is compatible with AIM for Windows. It is not compatible with
AIM Express, AOL Communicator or AOL BuddyList (AIM launched within
AOL's built-in browser). It also does not work with enhancement
software like Dead AIM.
Can I play games with
Smiley Central for
Yes - AIM users have the ability to challenge a friend to a
game of checkers or chess. To play:
- Open a compose message screen
within your instant
- Enter the screen name of the
friend you wish to
- Click on the game button (found
next to your Smiley
- Select the game you would like
to play - checkers
That's it -
your friend will now be invited to
play. You both will need to click the game "Start" button (left side of
interface), and from there you and your friend take turns playing, like
in a real game of checkers or chess. After your friend has made a move,
you will be alerted that it's now your turn. Once you've made your
move, your friend will be alerted. This continues until someone wins,
or one of you chooses to end the game prematurely.
I'm in the middle of a game and my friend closes his/her AIM window,
can we continue the game?
No, if either player closes his/her AIM window while a game
is in progress and the other player then tries to continue playing, the
game will reset and both players will be asked if they would like to
play a new game.
can I close the game screen without closing my AIM window?
Right-click on your game screen and select "No Setting" from
the menu that appears. This will return your IM window to its normal
Can I enable/disable Smiley Central within AIM?
Yes - simply open an
Internet Explorer browser and:
the "My Web Search" button on your toolbar and click the down-arrow
3) Check the box next to "AIM" to enable, uncheck the box to disable
4) Click "Save Changes"
Be sure to close AIM, then re-open for your changes to take effect
Why does the font size
change when I add a smiley to my AIM message?
You are likely using AIM's "text magnification" (zoom) feature. Smiley
Central is not currently compatible with this feature. If your text is
set at 75%, 133% or 200% when you add a smiley, that message will
appear at 100%.
Your preferred text setting will return when you send or
receive an instant message that doesn't include a smiley
I do a search for a specific smiley within the Smiley Central
Yes! Just enter a
keyword or phrase in the Search box found at the bottom of your Smiley
Central application. Once you do, smiley search results will appear
in the right-column window above the search box.
When looking for a match to a multiple-word search, be sure to put the
words or phrase inside quotation marks. You'll get better smiley search
Can I type IM abbreviations into
messenger window and get smileys to appear?
Yes! This feature is called
"IM Short Cuts" and it allows you to instantly add any of our Messenger
Smileys found in the Smiley Central "Communicate" category without
opening the Smiley Central window.
Just open a new
IM window and in the text box type "//" (without the quotes) followed
by the IM abbreviation.
Can I copy and paste a
smiley into another
document, like Word or PowerPoint?
Yes - you can paste a smiley into nearly any document that
accepts images. To do so, right-click on the desired smiley and
highlight the "Copy" option. Then use the Paste command (Ctrl-V) to
place the smiley in your document.
Please note: The copy-and-paste
feature is not
compatible with Custom smileys, and smileys cannot be pasted into
instant messages. Animated smileys will not animate in word processing
documents, and will only animate when a PowerPoint document is being
displayed as a slide show.
I don't see Smiley Central or the toolbar
on my browser. What do I do?
If you have downloaded Smiley Central and
are not seeing the Smiley Central button or the toolbar on your
browser, you are likely experiencing one of three scenarios:
did not close all your open browsers once you downloaded Smiley
Central. Please do this now and then reopen a new browser.
You may need to enable the toolbar through your browser's menu.
To do this, click on the "View" menu option, then select
"Toolbars". You will see "My Web Search" listed in the
dropdown - make sure that there is a check mark next to it.
If there is no check mark, click on it in order to enable your
If the toolbar does have a check mark but is not visible on your
browser, clear the check mark by clicking on the name of the toolbar.
Then repeat the steps above to re-enable it. The toolbar should now
3) You are using a beta version of AIM not
currently compatible with Smiley Central. We encourage you to use a
non-beta version of your instant messenger until we resolve the issue.
If you want to just download AOL Instant Messenger only – you can do so from here.