Free display pictures

Note: This post may apply to users in North America only.  If you’re outside of North America your mileage may vary.

One of the cool new features in MSN Messenger 7 is what the Messenger team calls "single click download".  Now, why they call it "single click" when it takes really takes at least three clicks to download something, I dunno.


But, regardless of the name, the feature really is cool


In Messenger 6.2 if you wanted to change you display picture you had to:


  • Browse the web
  • Find the picture you liked
  • Download it
  • Click on Tools, change my display picture (or the 6.2 equivalent menu choice)
  • Browse to where you had download  the picture
  • Select it


Not too bad, but it could have been easier, eh?  In 7.0 the Messenger team did make it easier — that’s where "single click download" comes in.


I just noticed that American Greetings has made some cool display pictures available to download for free.  To access these:


  • From the menu click Actions, Get More From Messenger, Packs.


You may get a warning about automatically signing into a website for this product using Passport.  Click OK if you do.


This will open an IE window "Blue Mountain for MSN Messenger".


  • Click "Display Pictures" in the navigation bar across the top.
  • Click in the word "More" next to the text "Select a Display Picture from our gallery of hundreds of Regular Pictures."
  • Browse for a picture you like.
  • Click on it.
  • Click the "Download" button.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Click Download again.


And that’s it!  You now have a new display picture.  American Greetings has a great selection of free display pictures.  I’ve found several that I’ve downloaded.  Check it out, I’ll bet you’ll find one you’ll like as well.


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