How to create cool MSN display names

Posted November 10, 2005 by risherz in Instant messaging

Create cool names that your friends aren’t going to believe! ASCII has many special characters in it that many people don’t know about. This recipe also has many tips that are going to help you think of a cool display name!

There are two ways you can create cool display names.

One way of accessing other symbols is by experimenting. To experiment you can use this technique:

1. Press Alt+a number combination (Try all sorts of combinations, I find that there are a lot of combinations in the 0160 range that can be used)
Make sure that you don’t release the alt button in between!
As soon as you let go of the Alt button you can see your character symbol there.

Here are a few examples

Press Alt+0153 to get a ™ symbol
Press Alt+0169 to get a © symbol
Press Alt+0164 to get a ¤ symbol
Press Alt+0166 to get a ¦ symbol
And so on…

If you want a list of more of the symbols then use the list of symbols (Windows Character Map) in Microsoft Word

To access this:
1. Open Microsoft Word
2. Click on Insert on the menu bar
3. Then click on Symbols…

Then a box will pop up with all the symbols. Just double click on a symbol to paste it in the document. Then just copy and paste the symbol from your document.

Now all you need is a little creativity to put all these symbols together.

Most people either make a pattern out of these symbols around their name or make their name out of symbols.

Here are some examples I could come up with:

® | $ |-| Σ Я ž ™- Notice that this name is created completely using symbols, and I have spaced the symbols so that it is a bit easier to read.

[¸,ø¤º°`¦°º¤ø,¸ |The Risherz| ¸,ø¤º°`¦°º¤ø,¸]© ²ºº5 – Just a few symbols that I put together and repeated the same on the other side.

That’s all there is to it!

To change you display name in msn just

1. Click on Tools
2. Click on Options…
3. Type in your display name or use Copy and Paste in the text box under
“Type your name as you want others to see it:”

Now when your friends sign onto MSN Messenger they are going to see your extremely cool display name!

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  • Jess


  • vinod kumar

    its very use full

  • harvey

    my old msn dos not work

    • yawn

      how is that at all relevant?

      • musicare

        It’s not- that s wat makes it funny
        does this work on HOtmail too?

    • ^_^.·°•°·.MusicGal.·°•°·.^_^

      HAHA! thats funny cuz its so random=P

  • Cj

    agh.. it won’t let me paste.. it won’t let me do that alt shortcut…

    • Bakri

      Copy it and paste it on your personal messege

      • brad

        it doesnt do it in there either

    • sydney

      try the ctrl + v again

    • kaylaa

      Do ”ctrl c” To Copy It The ”ctrl v” To Paste. It Will Work That Wayy.

      • Sofia


    • Rinnie

      if u have the new msn then go into the options then go to the webpage or wherever ur getting the symbol from, high light the symbol then drag it to the msn options thingy……..i hope this helped…sorry im no good at wording it

      ••●✖ 卐☣☠ŘįňńĭĘ☠☣卐✖●••

    • Anonymous

      press ctrl+v

    • Anonymous

      just press ctrl and v and it’ll paste 😛 i had te same problem too xD

    • Xo-amber-kiss-ox

      try: pressing clt v at the same time

    • LordGuthix1

      use ctrl + v

    • hotchick

      do it on word thn copy and paste xx

  • brad

    i cnt past it into my name box

    • sydney

      click in the display name box and click and hold Ctrl + V to Paste and Ctrl + C is Cut Ctrl + Z is Undo and Ctrl + Y is Redo

      • kaykay

        this helped me so much! thanks!

      • kaylaa

        Ctrl X ….Is Cut. and Ctrl C Is Copyyy. Get It Right tLol

  • r u kiddin

    lame i knew tht before

  • sum1

    it dont work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous



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  • Meds

    This was out like a year ago..wasnt itt..?

  • J a y d e :)

    Go on to character map it on your oc go to start and search it or it will be there

  • cow

    weird… who would want to waste their time doing this?…

    • Anonymous

      weird… who would want to waste their time coming on here to post pointless comments like this?…

  • josh

    this is crap it dont work !

    • Nicole

      LOL it does soooo.. copy and paste the symbols.. But ya gotta Hold n CTRL key and press V to Paste it into ya Msn

  • khynat

    i desighned a msn name but when i paste it, it shows something else

  • Lydia

    this is a rubbish site i was thinkin more BETTER symbols than theese skanky ones that your site clames i am takin my business somewhere eles thankyou very much

    • saphire

      haahhaaa u go girll lool lol xx

    • Anonymous

      you should also learn to spell…just saying…

  • C’loee

    i dont get it 🙁
    how do you do it :'(

  • Tanya


  • mickala

    heyy help me please

  • Emily

    This is awesome but i dunno who to get onto tools and options and stuff

    • Mickie

      You can also click unda ur name (the down arrow) and click change display name. It works the same way!

  • ASMA

    Afghan buffness

  • danny

    what about those who dont have miscoft ????

  • egzon i

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  • Jose

    Man…this is a really helpful site
    Love it
    ® ڵớşέ¤©

  • jake

    it dosnt work 4 me 🙁

  • Rinnie

    if u have the new msn then go into the options then go to the webpage or wherever ur getting the symbol from, high light the symbol then drag it to the msn options thingy……..i hope this helped…sorry im no good at wording it

    ••●✖ 卐☣☠ŘįňńĭĘ☠☣卐✖●••

  • jess


  • Zoe Doucet

    i love my bunny ..
    his name is fluff

    ::: ((
    *: (=’,’) :*


  • Daniel

    why my new Window Live Messenger (2009)does not work of that?copy & paste also cannot…and the Alt+number combination also can i do?

    • smnthr

      sometimes it doesn’t work with your computer. it depends.

  • Sharon

    umm ook?

  • guess

    i carnt DO IT



  • megz

    hello i realy like this website

  • A

    how do u make the letters backwards

  • Cabes

    ≤♠●€Ä£Ệß €∂ЅЄ¥●♠≥ ty heaps man

  • Anonymous

    I Love You Žσé❤ツღ and i love Your Bunny

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Or you can copy a msn text symbol and click on your name name options and click in the box press down Ctrl then v

  • Anonymous

    Tis Is Sick As 😛

  • Anonymous

    whats sud my new msn bee?!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    omg wow

  • Guest


    • redrose

      u press Ctrl+c to copy and than press Ctrl+v to paste it in the display name it will 100% work 🙂

      • Anonymous

        who wants to add me on msn. but u gatta pay me through paypal. sup ?

        • OblivionX

          When i go into the display name it has a blue box around it and won’t let me type anything into it. Does anyone know how i can fix this?

        • Anonymous

          Whoo might that be then little fella? Come on, speak up lass!

    • Anonymous

      Press Num Lock and use the keys under that button when you press ALT+ your number

  • Anonymous

    Tis good!
    Thy love thee information on thee!
    Jolly well done!

  • Jam Amthungpong

    just go to . Start menu + all programs + Accessories + System Tools + character Map.

  • Anonymous

    thats soo annoting that alt + 0160 thing it dunt workk !

    • luc

      its ooo eezy u lot r weird if u dnt understand it

  • Sofia

    My MSN doesn’t seem to let me type shortcuts OR copy and paste. Not even in the “personal message” area. PLEASE HELP!

  • Anonymous

    ツ ツ

  • Nessa

    :/ i cant copy and paste on my computer…

    • jade

      ctrl c is coppy and ctrl v is paste ok

      • Bella

        but it doesn’t let you high light it then copy it, it’s weird

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    my comp let me do it wat do i need ?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    where is mirosoft word and i cant paste anything on my display name so wat r they talking about

  • Anonymous

    but wat if u cant copy n paste on msn?

  • Anonymous

    that stupid thing works but i knew that 5 years ago!!!! And anyway i wasnt even looking for this i was looking for something else!
    p.s. put something more new and more interesting>>> ok

  • Anonymous

    none of it works but can u plz send me a emoticon that is > u no the bomb TNT lyk a fire work or something can u make a firecracker thing with TNT written in the middle tanks and if you dont no what tnt is look it up on google images thannk you hopeing you can make it really need it ergently

    • Anonymous

      u do ctrl c 2 copy and ctrl v 2 pastee hear is somethin i put together rock on!!!


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  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    this is not workin i cant do it i try it and it wont work wht the hell

  • Anonymous

    it doesnt work..on my msn not even copy paste doesn work..:(

  • Anonymous

    |….__ii——– |=|”,”,”,”:::::: ==”—-*
    hhaha sikkest shitt ay

    • Anonymous

      another one ullleh’s

      † Ś§нαυηу ѕ∂¢ cεяηεε|

    • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Another good tool is the character map on your computer. I believe it is on any version on Windows, so for those of you that aren’t sure how to access it, here’s how:
    Go to the Start menu.
    Go to “Run” or “Run Program” (whatever your computer has)
    Type in “charmap” in the search field.
    Find your letters, and double click on them to add them to the copy bar at the bottom ( there is a Copy button beside the bar for when you are done) or you can highlight your masterpiece and drag it into your MSN, MySpace, Facebook, etc. 😀

    You can choose from many different fonts. Some have hearts, stars, music notes, etc., and some have Japanese symbols, and all other kinds of funky characters (not to mention some pretty cool letters too!)
    Have fun!


  • Anonymous

    i need to a jordan sign for my msn display name plz

  • Rikki

    ri ik ki iツღ


  • casey

    Hey i love these name things there sooo kool lol thanx who’s ever site this is

    • lirimm


  • Roza

    hi guys how’re u doing ? i want to make symbols by myself , could u send me a site includes these kinds of symbol , i really wanna learn it and use it .. thanx .. 🙂

    • CATMAN2020

      you can just type in cool msn names to paste
      and then when u see the name letter symbol highlite it and drag it onto tour msn hotmail change name page

      • BOB


        • BOB

          THANKS 4 IT

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  • guest

    heey this websites cool xD

  • Jessica-a


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    • Claudiagutierrez12

      ur awsome

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      how do you put them on your msn name

  • Cal T_1998


  • Hvbgj

    Sickkkk, Lolll

  • bebe

    Does any one how to make dog paws icon???

  • Eileen

    ¬¬ awesome! 😛

  • Katiee

    what does it mean when someone puts something like [c=1][b] ?(coppied off my friends msn…

    • Stephen Wardlaw

      it means they have ms plus and there name is in colours

  • Rhsz

    pretty gay

  • suee.

    well this wobsite is alot of help but i was looking for a website that could show me how to mad my whole msn back ground differnt colours, like not the chating part the main part that tellls you whos online and whos off like, i knew how to do all this stuff anyway but it was a great help to remember and for others who are new to it , so if anyone could help me i would be very proud, and if you have windows live messanger i would get messanger plus its nothing but wonders i love it so if you got it your cool and if you dont i think that you should all you do is go on the enter net and typ in messanger plus and find the right website and download it , it has all kinds of cool things after you do it , i got it and i dont know what i would do with out it , it dosnt seam to give me any bad things that i dont want on my laptop it sont give me any virous, sorry im not the best speller but i think that you guys could understand this , sorry for any incorect spellling, well hope you take my ideas , heart cha,

  • Man

    thanks for the help

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  • Stephen Wardlaw


  • ^_^.·°•°·Deenie^_^.·°•°·

    ^_^.·°•°· doesnt work ^_^.·°•°·

  • naala