How to turn off emoticons in Windows Live / MSN Messenger


Emoticons are ok, when used sparingly, or not talking to your boss.
The last thing you need in the latter situation is for your conversation to be littered with

lol emoticon or emoticon or even worse emoticon

To disable them, first click the icon circled in red below.
Alternatively, you can press the Alt key.

Click tools - options

Either way, you need to select Tools –> Options.

In the resulting dialog, you need to select Messages, then untick Show emoticons.

Click messages, then untick Show emoticons