The new Google Hangouts replaced the normal Google Chat ASCII-ish emoticons with somewhat disturbed looking gumdrops. Is there any way to change this emoticon set, or even put it back to how it was before? Note that I just want to change the way I see it, I'm not trying to give myself new emoticons to use in chat.

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In Firefox, add the following rules to your userContent.css

@-moz-document domain(google.com) {
    .Pt span { opacity: 1 !important; width: auto !important; }
    .Pt div { display: none !important; }

This should remove the image and display the Unicode equivalent instead. What you actually see is dependent on your font support.

If you want to replace them with a different set of images (and have a lot of patience), you can add the following rules instead, for each one you want to change.

@-moz-document domain(google.com) {
    .e1f60a { background: url('<path to replacement>') !important; } /* :) */

The class for each one can be found by inspecting the DOM of the selection menu.

The old static sprite sheets are currently here: set 1 set 2 & 3 set 4 no longer available. Unfortunately the animated ones were done with JavaScript rather than a GIF, so can't be replicated easily.

  • Will this only happen in Google Hangouts, or will it trigger on emoticons in other places as well?
    – SaintWacko
    May 24, 2013 at 15:59
  • Edited to address that. The class that Google's using is pretty nondescript, so I should have done that to start with.
    – OrangeDog
    May 24, 2013 at 16:25
  • Is there a way to do this in Chrome? I really like the replacement option.
    – SaintWacko
    Jun 3, 2013 at 14:03
  • @SaintWacko superuser.com/q/52967/113004
    – OrangeDog
    Jun 3, 2013 at 15:18

You can try the Vulcan extension if you are using Google Chrome. Its purpose is to

Convert emoticons in Google Hangouts to their text equivalent.


For Chrome on a desktop, you can try this plugin to transform the default blobs into their text versions. It's not a perfect solution (try ;_; and ;( for example), but nonetheless an improvement IMO.

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