How to use plain text smileys (disable automatic emoji substitution) in Messages.app? In OS X 10.8 there was a setting for this in the app’s Preferences pane, but in OS X 10.9 that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.


Go to the Edit menu, submenu Substitutions, then uncheck Emoji.

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Run the following command (source) in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "automaticEmojiSubstitutionEnablediMessage" -bool false

Then restart Messages.app.

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    Nice! I always prefer dwrites because I keep a file of them that I use to setup a new system the way I like it, rather than checking 100 different menu items. Verified on 10.9. – TJ Luoma Nov 7 '13 at 10:06
  • Yeah, me too. But I guess most people prefer a UI for everything, so I ended up accepting the other answer ;) – Mathias Bynens Nov 7 '13 at 10:51

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