November 29, 2006

Prettification of Miranda

Filed under: culture, design, internet, program, software, tech, tutorial — bardicknowledge @ 3:41 pm

*Miranda is a mulitprotocol instant messenger*

This small tutorial is written for v 0.70. You can get it here. Well the first thing for this is to go and get the plugins you’ll be needing.

ieview – (unstable version) v1.0.9.7  You have to make sure you have this version if you are using IE7 or it will give you errors.

tabSRMM –  v

And the modern clist which should be included with Miranda.

To install the plugins, it is pretty simple. You find your Miranda root folder and in there is another folder called plugins. Simply take both the .dll’s and drop them into that folder. If you already have Miranda running, close and restart it. Then go

Options->Plugins  and there click tabsrmm, ieview and modern clist.  Restart Miranda and the plugins are installed.

Your next step is to find some skins you like. Now, please note you skin Miranda (where your contacts are) and the message box (where you type your message at) separately. ieview will mod your message box and modern clist is used for modding your contact list.

So for ieview themes, go here.

For mordern clist themes, go here.

What I suggest doing is in your Miranda root folder is creating a folder called skins and one called ieviews. This is just to make life easier when you start amassing several different skins and want to quickly and easily browse and switch between them.

We will start with applying the contact list theme. Extract the theme to your skins directory (they are usually zipped). Next go into Miranda, Options -> Customize -> Skin and it may already have the skin listed. If not , browse for it.  You will be looking for .msf files which are usually in the theme folder, but not always.  You may see several of these files for each theme. Thats normal. They are just different color schemes, or a slightly different build. After you find the skin you want, apply and it you should notice the effects right away ^_^

Onto ieview skinning. This is just as easy basically. Extract your skin to your ieview directory and then go, Options -> Message Sessions -> IEView -> (tab) Message Log.

In the message log tab you will see several  modes to select from. Choose the last one, use templates. Next browse to your ieview folder where you will be looking for .ivt files. Again there many be several for one theme. Different colors, slight mods, etc.  Below you will see template options. Not all themes support all of the options, so try them out.  Hit apply and ok, then try messaging someone. You should see the changes!

And one final note: If you like to have your messages pop open when someone messages you, this how you do it.

Options -> Message Sessions -> Message Windows -> (tab) Tabs and Layout -> Message tab and window  creation options. There is an option “ALWAYS pop up and activate new message windows”. Check it and your good to go ^_^

I  hope this helps ya make your Miranda pretty.  If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. I will try to answer them.

Happy prettifications!!



  1. i was curious as to sounds and all. i however have learned ALOT from this simple tutorial.

    email me back please. happy holidays.

    Comment by heath — December 28, 2006 @ 2:46 am

  2. A few questions from a blog idiot

    How do you keep the spammers from eating you alive? i\’ve seen blogs with nothing but spam postings.

    How do you keep some left wing extremist from posting racist or defamatory rhetoric? and if you cant stop them, what are you legally liabel when they do?

    can viruses be posted to blogs?

    Comment by Fundraiser — January 18, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

  3. Hi. First off, i’d like to say THANK YOU for possibly the only clear cut explanation of how to use miranda. i’m a pidgin (formerly gaim) user (and a trillian user before that) – i LOVE adium but dont have a mac so miranda really appeals to me – esp w/the whole, put it together yourself bit.

    ANyway, to the point. I can’t seem to get ieview to work. Under Message sessions –> IEVIEW and thats it. there are 4 tabs: general, msg log, group chats and history. in msg log, i have the ‘use template’ thing checked annnd nothing happens. same old ugly boring box. (and yep ieview is checked in the plugins directory.) also, tabsrmm doesn’t show up on the plugins list. but its in the folder… weird.

    i have a ton of questions but i dont want to bother you – but honestly this page is the clearest and best and most HELPFUL description out there. wiki’s even stink. So i’d really appreciate it if you could help me out! Thanks in advance! 🙂

    Comment by Bean — November 29, 2007 @ 12:38 am

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