Windows Live Writer Plugin – Insert Yahoo and MSN Smileys (Emoticons)

I enjoy coding and working with Graphics. So, when I learnt that creating the Windows Live Writer plugin was easy, I was really very excited about it! The best part for me was that I could create something which would make my blogging easy and probably a little more expressive.

The smily like this... 🙂 was okay for me,  but Happy is much much better! And best of all is the fact that I have it on my fingertips right now... as a plugin for Windows Live Writer. You can now insert smileys from MSN, Yahoo, Yahoo Hidden Smileys as well as Custom Smileys (which you can add/create yourself, more on this in a moment)...

Update: Smiley Plugin 2.0 for Windows Live Writer (WLW) is now ready for download.

Download the MSI file now and restart your Windows Live Writer to load the Plugin. 

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You will notice a new Plugin in your WLW (Insert a Smiley)...


Click on it, and you will see different tabs for MSN Icons, Yahoo Icons, Yahoo Hidden Icons and Custom Smileys. The zip file that you downloaded contains two files, one is the dll and other one is the IconsAndTags.txt. This text file contains all the URLs, so in case you find that the Icon is not visible in your GUI, you need to find the actual web URL and replace it in the Text file. The file is in a very simple Format...

MSN=URL from where Icons are loaded
TOOLTIP=Tooltip which you want to show when anyone hovers over the smiley

In the end of this text file, you will notice the following two lines...

TOOLTIP=Smiley Kiss

If you find more smileys which you want to show in the Custom Smileys, you can add the URL and TOOLTIP (both are mandatory) and when you restart your WLW, you should be able to see all your smileys! Bug

The four tabs look as follows...

MSN Smileys, courtesy MSN

Yahoo Smileys, courtesy Yahoo

Yahoo Hidden Smileys, courtesy Yahoo Hidden Smileys

Custom Smileys, courtesy CyberGifs

I guess I forgot to tell you... you can add as many smileys as you like at one shot (even if they are from different tabs!) Thumbs-up Day dreaming Puppy dog eyes Bug Devil Devil Star Cool Cool 

I find it pretty cool, and I hope that you will like it as well! I would love to hear from you if you have any feedback for me or if you find any bugs Bug.

Until next time... Wave

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Comments (23)

  1. ScottIsAFool says:

    Cool, it’s like the next iteration of my original plugin for Live Writer

  2. Simon says:

    So where is it?

    A big "Download" button would be nice cos I can’t find the link to the zip. Not even under the "all you have to do …" bit.

  3. imRahulSoni says:

    I am sorry guys! Seems like the file was not uploaded correctly. I have edited the article and you can download the attachment now.

  4. Jigar Mehta says:

    Hey Rahul,

    Which language is this plug-in written in? Just for my information!

  5. imRahulSoni says:

    Hello Jigar,

    I wrote this in VB.NET. You can learn more about creating a WLW plugin in VB.NET from



  6. At home, I just have Visual Studio Express editions and one downside to it is that it doesn’t have an

  7. ScottIsAFool says:

    By the way, have you put this on Windows Live Gallery (

  8. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Scott,

    Yeah, I tried doing it once, but it got rejected (probably because, I uploaded a zip file instead of MSI). I have created an MSI and uploaded it a couple of days ago, but it is still showing in Pending Approval state. Can you tell me how long it takes for approval?? And is there anything I need to take care of?

    I have just created an MSI and uploaded with the upload form, nothing much. Please let me know if I am missing anything!

    Thanks again for being in touch [:)] I have a couple of other ideas on which a plugin could be nice, let me know if you are interested and we can create them together if you like!

    Thanks and regards,


  9. ScottIsAFool says:

    It can take a random amount of time I’ve found. It shouldn’t be more than a few days.

    By the way, if you’re interested in looking at plugins using C#, I have a few tutorials on how to do this, they can be found!FE151030F50B5B37!147 here. I also have a C# template for Visual Studio which can be downloaded from


  10. imRahulSoni says:

    Cool, I will check ’em out. Thanks!

  11. deppy says:

    Hi Rahul,

    This is cool! Thanks!

    Just one thing though. It seems for the MSN smileys, there is a white background to each smiley. That would be ok if my blog was a plain white background. However, since mine is a dark background, each smiley has a whie box look to it. No problem with the Yahoo ones though! 🙂

  12. Recently, I came to know that a few changes in Windows Live Writer Beta version made my plugin to insert

  13. Daniel R. H. says:

    Doesn’t work with the latest WLW release, v1.2 pleeeeease!

  14. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Daniel,

    Can you please try this and let me know? You can mail me at rahulso at



  15. Stella says:

    Hi Rahul, first thank you for this plug-in. It is the first WLW I have downloaded so far, and it’s very cute.

    Now I have a little question: I can see the emoticons after they’ve been inserted to the post, but I can’t see them in the tabbed table (when I’m selecting them). They appear as "X".

    I should mention that, I also can’t preview gifs on my computer with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, or Microsoft Office Picture Manager. And I assume those emoticons are all gifs.

    I would be grateful if you could answer this little question of mine, and wish you a happy holiday.

  16. Elisabeth says:


    First, I really like this plug-in, as I prefer the Yahoo Smilies 😉 (and I like to have a big choice *g*)

    Recently I tried to add some Smilies (the Skype ones…), and although I saved the file several times, the Icons wouldn’t show up when I restarted the writer. And when I went back to the .txt-file, my changes were gone.

    I did this twice, and afterwards I was quite annoyed, as I tried to add about 60… (Was this too much?)

    Thanks in advance!

    Elisabeth (fjaeril9-schmetterling [AT]

  17. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Elisabeth,

    I think you just found a bug. In fact, initially it was possible but due to some changes in the beta deployment I had to deprecate this feature.

    Watch out for this space or mail me at rahulso at and I would inform you when the update is done. Right now, I am a bit pressed for time, but I will do it as soon as the time permits.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.


  18. Hoy voy a hablar de dos plugins más. El primero se utiliza para subir archivos al servidor, y enlazarlos

  19. Dave Illing says:

    I tried installing this plugin but it does not work. I get and error when I click on the plugin in Live Writer. It says "Access to the path ‘C:Program FilesWindows LiveWriterIconsAndTags.txt’ is denied." There is not file of that name in the folder specified.

  20. Ad says:

    hii yeah i would love this but the thing is i downloaded it but nothing is coming up what are you meant to do after you down load it?? plz help me by replying ?x

  21. a-gua says:

    hey! this is brilliant! thanks mate!

  22. Charles says:

    When installing with the latest version of LiveWriter, I get this error message on Vista:


    Send this error message to


    Access to the path ‘C:Program FilesWindows LiveWriterSmileyInfo.txt’ is denied.

      at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)

      at System.IO.FileStream.Init(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Int32 rights, Boolean useRights, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options, SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES secAttrs, String msgPath, Boolean bFromProxy)

      at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options)

      at System.IO.StreamWriter.CreateFile(String path, Boolean append)

      at System.IO.StreamWriter..ctor(String path, Boolean append, Encoding encoding, Int32 bufferSize)

      at System.IO.StreamWriter..ctor(String path)

      at SmileyForWLW.InsertSmiley.InsertSmiley_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)





  23. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Charles,

    Please get the latest update from this place…

    And if you have subscribed, please update your feed to 🙂

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