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Feb 9, 2013 6:18 PM

How do I access all of the emoticons (that are available in messages on ios) in messages on my mac? The little drop down menu has a very limited selection, yet the mac must support all of the others because it can show them if they are sent from a phone...

 

Is there an option to show more? Or is there a third party app that can give me more selection?

 

Also, I find the text to be a bit small. How can I enlarge everything in the app? I can press command+ but that just makes the conversation bigger, not the unsent text box and not any of the other conversations... Can I make the default text size larger?

MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:41 PM (in response to appleiser)

    Hi,

     

    Messages Menu > Messages.

    Size can be a  Font Selection thing (Such as Marker Felt is 48 point) or a size of a particular Font as in making the default Helvetica 14point or larger.

    Your Buddy will only see Fonts that they have.

    You have to Set the Balloon Colour to change some of these choices in Messages

     

    There is also an Incoming Override you can set if Buddies and Contacts use different, smaller fonts to you.

     

    Generally put dark fonts on Light Balloon colours or light coloured Fonts on dark balloons.

     

    The iPhone has Emoji Fonts

    It seems that the iOS version of Messages sends the Pics in the iMessages.

    Generally AIM and Jabber conversations rely on "converting" the keystrokes needed for the regular Smilies into to the Smilies you see.

     

    If you type a colon followed by a close parentheses on these boards then the software running them converts that into a Smiley like  .

    It works similar in AIM and Jabber chats in Messages (I have not tried Yahoo)

     

    If you go to Messages > Edit Menu > Special Characters you bring up the Character Pallet.

    This may show you have the Emoji set on your computer

    Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 21.38.08.png

     

    I seem to have a vague memory that I had to change a setting somewhere to expand what is normally on View.

     

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    9:41 PM      Sunday; February 10, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to appleiser)

    HI,

     

    The Smileys are held within the iChat or Messages app itself.

    There is a sub-routine that uses a .plist which has the variants for the keystrokes and converts the Text into a Pic.

    Generally though the Text is sent and the App at the other end converts your Text into the Pic.

     

    There have been add on packs of extra Smileys before from iChat 2 onwards.

    Both ends need the same Smiley pack to get the same pics.

     

    Although the Character pallet does not show the two diagonal arrows bottom right when trying to grab the corner you can in fact make it smaller.Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 20.19.23.png

     

     

    3Sigcopy2.png
    8:19 PM      Tuesday; February 12, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:00 PM (in response to appleiser)

    Hey!

     

    follow these steps and you'll have quick smileys from the Character Viewer emoji set.

     

    go to System Preference>Keyboard>Keyboard(sic)>input sources>Text



    add a new shortcut for a symbol


    Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.41.34 AM.png


    go to Messages.app and type your shortcut text in the text field to someone, highlight it and choose "Replace Text Automatically"

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.44.03 AM.png

     

     

     

    Boom!!!

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:14 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Don't forget to hit space once you set it to "Replace text automatically" this makes it so the system knows you're done typing the text and you want it to change to the new replacement you made.

     

    That's if you're like me and reply to people with just a smiley sometimes

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