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flowfromthischoice.Youcanthengoonavirtualshopping

spreetochangethelookofyouravatarinanumberofways:



Appearance

Matchyourskincolor,faceshape,eyecolor,orhairstyle.



Apparel

Dressyouravatarupindifferenttopsandbottoms.



Extras

Giveyouravatarbags,jewelry,scarves,sportsitems,pets,

hats,orholiday-specificitems.



Backgrounds

Putyouravatarinaspecificlocation,suchasaschoolor

vacationspot.



Branded

Giveyouravatarthelatestbrand-nameapparel.

Asyougofromsectiontosectionchangingyouravatar,youcan

keeptrackofyourchangesonthePreviewingChangespanelon

theleftsideofthepage,asshowninFigure3-31.

Asyouclickdifferentapparelitemsorextras,you'llfindthem



listedunderthe"WhatI'mtryingon"boxbelowthepreview

panel.Whenyoufindacombinationyoulike,clickSaveto

movethelistofitemstothe"WhatI'mwearing"box.Ifyou

everfindthatyou'veaccidentallyaddedaskioutfitandyour

avatarisinabeachscene,clicktheClearbuttontorevertto

yourlastsavedavatar.

Therearequiteafewcustomizationstoclickthrough,andif

youeverspotsomethingyou'dliketocomebackto,youcan

addanoutfitorscenetoyourFavoritessectiontokeepthem

justaclickaway.(Youcanseeyourfavoritesatanytimeby

clickingtheMyFavoriteslinkfromtheYahoo!Avatarstoolbar.)

YoucanalsosaveentireavatarstoyourFavoriteslist,giving

youquickaccesstofairlycomplexcombinationsquickly.But

keepinmindthatifyoueverdecidetochangegenders,you'll

loseallofyourpreviouslysavedavatars!



Figure3-31.DressingupaYahoo!avatar



3.15.2.GettingMoody

Justasyouravatarcanreflectyourphysicalappearanceto

somedegree,youravatarcanalsoreflectyourmood.Atthetop

ofthepreviewpanelinFigure3-31,youcanseefivefaceicons

thatrepresentdifferentmoods.Clickingoneachfacechanges

youravatartodisplayadifferentemotion,suchashappy,

excited,sad,orangry.Figure3-32showsthewholerangeof

availableemotions.



Figure3-32.AYahoo!avatarshowingits

emotions



There'salsoaspecialmoodthatchangesbasedonthe

selectionsyou'vemadeforyouravatar'sfacialappearance.If

youdon'tsetaspecificmoodforyouravatarwhenyou'reinthe

designingprocess,youavatarwillstillemotewhileyou're

chatting.

Onceyouravatarisset,startYahoo!InstantMessengerandlog

in.Double-clickanIDinyourfriendslisttobringupachat

window,andclickthesmallheadiconnexttotheSendbutton.

Thiswillmakeyouravatarvisibletoyouwhileyou'rechatting

withothers.Ifyourfriendontheotherendisalsousingthe

WindowsversionofYahoo!InstantMessenger,she'llseeyour

avataraswell.

Asyou'rechatting,youmightnoticethatyouravatarchanges

expressionfromtimetotime.Forexample,ifyoutypeLOLina

conversation,youravatarwillhaveabigsmileforamoment

andreturntoitsnormalexpression.Thereisawholeseriesof

wordsandemoticonsthatwillchangetheexpressionofyour

avatar.Hereareafewofthemostcommonexpressionsthat

avatarscandisplay,alongwithdifferentstringsyoucantypeto

triggereachone:



Neutral



happy,nice,or:)(thestandardsmilingemoticon)



Excited

hehe,haha,rotf(for"rollingonthefloor"),lol,orexcited



Sad

boo,hoo,or:((thefrowningfaceemoticon)



Angry

hmmph,grr,orangry



Totriggerthespecialmoodforaspecificavatar,youcantype

(*).Acompletelistofavatar-alteringwordsisavailableat

http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/avatar/avatar-14.html.

Youcanalsochangethemoodofyouravatarbyclickingthe

avatarwithinYahoo!InstantMessengerandchoosingSet

AvatarMoodTo.Thisoptionallowsyouchangebetweenthefive

basicmoodsshowninFigure3-32.

Whileusinganavatarcanneverreplaceface-to-face

communication,Yahoo!InstantMessengeravatars

communicatesomeextrainformationaboutidentityand

emotionsasyou'recommunicatinginanenvironmentthat's

largelylimitedtotext.



Hack65.AddaContentTabtoYahoo!

Messenger



WithabitofRegistryhacking,youcanaddacustom

contenttabtoYahoo!InstantMessenger.

Yahoo!Messenger(http://messenger.yahoo.com)ismorethan

justawaytohaveconversationswithyourfriends.It'sisalsoa

waytokeepupwithyourfavoriteYahoo!content.Acrossthe

bottomoftheYahoo!Messengerwindow,you'llfindaseriesof

contenttabs.Eachtabgivesyouinstantaccesstosome

informationyou'dnormallyfindontheYahoo!website,suchas

weather,stockquotes,newsheadlines,oryourYahoo!calendar.

Figure3-33showsaseriesofcontenttabsinYahoo!Messenger,

withtheYahoo!Buzztabselected.



Figure3-33.TheYahoo!Buzzcontenttabin

Yahoo!Messenger



TheYahoo!Buzztabgivesyouaquicksummaryofwhatyou'll

findattheYahoo!Buzzsite(http://buzz.yahoo.com),tracking

trendsinYahoo!searching.Youcancustomizewhichtabs

appearinYahoo!MessengerbychoosingMessenger

PreferencesfromthetopmenuandselectingtheContentTabs

categoryfromtheleftpane.Fromthere,youcanchoosefrom

aroundadozendifferenttabstoshoworhidefromyourYahoo!

Messengerinterface.



ThishackdescribesthelatestversionofYahoo!Messengerfor

Windows.Atthetimeofthiswriting,theMacversionofYahoo!

Messengerhasfourcontenttabs,andthere'snowaytoaddcustom

tabstotheinterface



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