How to Customize and Beautify Facebook Chat [Quicktip]

Feeling frustrated and helpless with the limited functions in Facebook chat? Facebook chat provides no options to select emoticons or change the typeface or font size. And you can’t even move the chat box around your screen — it is forever stuck at the bottom of your browser.

Instead of remembering the hundreds of shortcodes for emoticons, it would be nice to have an extension panel/button where you can simply select emoticons anytime you want to use one. And wouldn’t it be great to be able to move the chat box around your screen or to change the font size?

Facebook Chat

In this tutorial, we will show you how to do that with Pretty Facebook Chat. Pretty Facebook Chat is a Google Chrome extension that gives mobility and flexibility to your Facebook Chat. And yes, you can use emoticons on it too.

Install Pretty Facebook Chat

Firstly, you must have the Google Chrome browser installed on your computer. If you have it installed, log in to your Facebook account, then head over to the Google Chrome Webstore and search for ‘Pretty Facebook Chat’.

Chrome Web Store

After the results appear, click on the ‘Add To Chrome’ button to install the extension. Installation is automatic and will only take seconds.

Add to Chrome

Once installed, you will see a small red icon in the address bar at the top right corner, with a notification indicating that your installation is complete.

Installed

Now open your Facebook Wall. If it is already open, refresh the page and you will be able to see a second red icon at a separate place, at the bottom of the browser just next to the Facebook translation icon.

Toggle On Off

Click the icon to toggle the switch to ON. Once Pretty Facebook Chat is in active mode, you can start chatting with anyone, and you will see that the chat box is no longer attached to the bottom of the browser. You can now drag it anywhere within the browser.

Floating chat box

Emoticons, Font and Box Size

Let’s look at how you can start using emoticons and changing the font and box size.

a. Emoticons

From the chat box, there will be a smiley emoticon visible at the top right corner of the box, just mouse-hover over it and a pop-up window will appear with a selection of emoticons to choose from.

Emoticons

B. Font Size & Box size

Now at the top right corner of the browser (inside the address bar) there’s another icon indicating that you have Pretty Facebook Chat installed. Click on that button to change the font and box sizes. You can control the chat box shadow too.

Font and Box Sizes

Conclusion

With Pretty Facebook Chat, you have more control over your Facebook chat box. Chatting with friends will be more fun with tons of emoticons to choose from. And let’s not forget the newly acquired mobility of the chat box, it no longer has to be stuck at the crummy corner, below eye-level.



Author:

Mustaza is a traveller, social media lover and a freelance web designer with years of experience working collaboratively over the Internet.