The hidden Skype emoticons (also known as “secret smileys”) are special emoticons that are supported by Skype, but are not shown on the palette of emoticons, and for this reason they can be sent only by means of special codes. Below you can see all the hidden Skype emoticons and secret codes for each of them (if you want a full list of emoticons, visit this page).
Across from it, copy the text of the column “Code”
Send the copied code to your friend as an ordinary message
After you have sent the message, the code will be converted to an emoticon
Why are they called “hidden” and “secret”?
Due to the fact that the smileys are hidden from the user (i.e., they are not shown on the palette), they are called “hidden emoticons”. They are called “secret”, because many people don’t know about them. In order to send these emoticons, you need to use “secret” codes (sometimes in chat rooms users ask to share the secret of how to send them).
Why do the developers create hidden emoticons?
I think they do it to:
Please their colleagues, because originally many hidden emoticons depicted Skype employees.
Create “Easter eggs” which must be discovered by chance and pleasantly surprise users.
Conceal “obscene emoticons” from younger users and those who consider them offensive.
Reduce the number of displayed emoticons to show only the most popular items on the palette.
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