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Personalize your MSN Messenger

When using Instant Messenger, users always look for better and unique fun options which will allow them to offer personalize the whole experience. When we talk about fun options for personalization in MSN Messenger, we should feel excited for MSN brings a host of new personalization features that promises more fun, more enjoyment.

You have the option to make your MSN messenger all yours by updating your status message, changing backgrounds, adding dynamic photos, and more. Let us see how we can do them all:

Customize your Nickname and Status message

MSN allows you to post your personal message that all your contacts on the IM can see.
In your MSN Messenger go to Tools, then select Options. An Options window will appear. Type in your display name and a personal status message and click OK. Your new updates should now be displayed for all your contacts to see.
Customize your Nickname and Status message in MSN Messenger

Turn on "What's New" feed

The "What's New" feed at the bottom of your contacts pane lets you know what your friends are doing online. See who added photos or commented on blogs.
To enable the feed, in your MSN Messenger go to Tools, then select Options. An Options window will appear. Go to Layout and make sure that "Show the what's new list" checkbox is checked off. You may also customize the settings of the feed by clicking on the options button.
Turn on News Feed for your MSN Messenger
You can expand the "What's New" area by dragging the blue line to see thumbnails of friends' photos and other details. It's an easy way to stay in touch with what the friends in your Windows Live network are doing.

Change your background theme

Go to Tools, and select "Change your scene".
Change background theme in MSN Messenger
A themes window will appear, where you can choose your scene. You can select background scenes and coordinating color schemes. Click "Apply" to see a preview and then click "OK" when you are finished.
Select new background theme in MSN Messenger
Your friends can now see your background scenes and colors, and you can change the scenes whenever you want to express your style

Display Pictures that show who you are: Create a dynamic display picture

MSN messenger allows you to add dynamic photos for display which will help all your friends to see the real you. All you need to do is click your display picture and then select “Dynamic Picture”. As a result, “create a dynamic display picture” window will appear. Now use your web cam to create your dynamic pictures for display. For this, click “Record a Video or Take a Picture”. Your image will be automatically captured and applied to the emoticons. You can choose from different expressions to allow your friends to see how you are feeling. If you feel satisfied with the pictures, click “done” to save the images and use them in your IM.

create a dynamic display picture
Record a Video or Take a Picture
Capture the images

This short video demonstrates the process used to create a dynamic display picture in your MSN Messenger:

Create a custom animated emoticon for MSN Messenger

This video explains how to make your own custom smiley for use with your MSN Messenger:

Please note that you can use gif-animator or any other graphic animation software of your choice to create the .gif file. You can also use SmileyCreator, which lets users customize their own smileys! There are hundreds of combinations that users can choose from. Try yours today.

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