[UW] Smileys Bar

Unmaintained [UW] Smileys Bar 2.2.1

No permission to buy ($11.99)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.1
  2. 2.2
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Smileys Bar for text editor allows faster, easier access to the smileys without covering the text area.

No more covered text when trying to insert a smiley!

Smileys Bar takes the whole XF smileys default functionality to the next level. The main purpose of this add-on is to add to the bottom of the text editor a bar with the most common, most used smileys (Recently used, XF default smileys/Uncategorized smilies) that are always visible so you have fast, easy and convenient access to them and without covering the text area.

XenForo 2.2 design:


XenForo 2.1 design:

And with smileys menu open:

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A way how to get this add-on completely free!

Just go to the page Affiliate Program in your preferences and copy your referral link, place it wherever you like and you will get 10% from all sales from that link. This way you can earn all the money you had to pay for this add-on.

❗NOTE❗You have to be a customer first before you can use Affiliate Program.

We took the extra mile to make this add-on work great for custom smileys. You can set a specific size and spacing for each of your custom smileys category. Sample on a dark theme:


Example. While the stock XF emojis keep their default size and spacing, the animated images below have their size set to 78x44px with spacing of 5px:


A magnifier button on the right side of the Smileys Bar, when selected (in blue colour), will insert xF stock emojis into the text editor in max size, and that is 64px. You can have smaller size, if you want, it is admin configurable. And it has also user group permission so you can allow this only for a user group of your choice.

This add-on is installed on the developer's website here, so you can check it out on a life website: https://ultraweb.co/threads/new-testing-thread.17/post-192

Or see this demo video:


1.) Turns on/off the Smileys Bar - in the admin under Options you can activate this add-on. Once activated, clicking this smiley icon turns on the Smileys Bar. Once turned on, it will stay turned on until you turn it off clicking this smiley icon.
  • Force Open the Smileys Bar
In Setup -> Options -> Smileys Bar you can set the option that will keep the Smileys Bar open for the users all the time by default. So if someone turns off the Smileys Bar, after a page refresh the bar will be back.

2.) Recently used smileys on the left of the separator and XF default smileys on the right.

3.) Turns on/off the smileys menu.

4.) Smileys Bar - contains Recently used smileys on the left of the separator and XF default smileys on the right.
- in the admin under Content -> Smilies, you can add, hide, move, sort or even replace the smileys in the Smileys Bar with your own, custom smileys.


The rest of the categories is in the smileys menu (#7) below.

5.) categories bar - links with faster access to the the particular category.

6.) search bar - in the admin, under options, you can turn off this bar. The "x" next to the search bar closes found smileys.

7.) smileys menu - works similar way as WhatsApp web. In the admin, under options, you can set up how tall this menu you want to have.


- you can also hide the smileys menu with the standard Xf feature in Setup -> Options -> Messages


  • all custom categories appear in the smileys menu between the stock categories but not in the Smileys Bar.

There is however an option to add any smiley from any custom category to the Smileys Bar:

By default, in the Smileys Bar, will be included whatever smileys are in the category "Uncategorised smilies" and Recently used.

Also during the import process you have the option to check to show a smiley in the Smileys Bar.

You can control the order of the smileys in the Smileys Bar via the display order number:

  • This add-on is compatible with the add-on, [UW] Forum Comments System.​
  • This add-on has been made also compatible with the add-on, Editor & BB Code Manager.​

First release
Last update
4.25 star(s) 8 ratings

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Latest updates

  1. UW - Smileys Bar version 2.2.1

    🔸 This version fixes various background and border color issues that appeared in different than...
  2. UW - Smileys Bar 2.2.0 for XF 2.2 released

    This is a new version of Smileys Bar made for the XF 2.2 It has also a new design: Also...
  3. Version 2.1.1

    🔸When toggle BB code, the BB code kept multiplying always when you had text with different...

Latest reviews

Super easy to install, and it works off the bat without any editing. I had to turn on a single check mark to get it exactly how I want which is what I like in my addons... simplicity. However that being said, the purchase process is FAR from simple. You have to register to the site (not a big deal) but then fill out your Xenforo information, get accepted in that, go to the download section, fill out your website information in that, then download it to find out it's a PDF that says to DM her. You then have to DM her, wait for a response, I ended up falling asleep as it was too late to continue to wait and had to deal with it in the morning. All to find out she updated it, and freak out over how to get the new downloads. I like simplicity, the plugin is simple and amazing. The process to obtain the plugin is a completely fluster cluck of hoops to jump through which is why I've given it 3 stars.
Bought it for a test and then realized that this addon conflicted with Siropu's chat. Ask for support and she claimed that the add-on works as mentioned and got no more response thereafter.

The lesson I got from this is affordable while the experience was less than ideal.
That is a lie. I never said it "works as mentioned" and I did respond to you. You acknowledged that there is a problem with Siropu's chat and you know I can´t fix someone's else add-on, especially when I don't have it. Anyways I've sent you a full refund.
The developer listened to my feedback and added features to better accommodate my use case. What more could I ask for?
Thanks a lot for great review. Much appreciated.
Great add-on to improve the aesthetics of your forum...
It looks great on both desktop and mobile...
Thanks a lot for a great review. Much appreciated.
This is fantastic and jesus awesome, it's a feature from XF 1, I really don't know why XF developer removed it, it's simple and easy to choose smile rather than XF 2, thank you for creating this
Please keep it update!
Thanks a lot for a great review. It does motivate to keep it updated. New update coming very soon.
BEAUTIFUL work! This was exactly what I was visualizing when installing the add-on. Thank you for the unparalleled support!
Thanks a lot for such a great review. Much appreciated.
This is a really nice feature that IMHO makes using smilies on mobile a lot easier :love:

I would'nt mind having this in stock XenForo.
Thank you very much for the great review. I appreciate it. I also would like having this in stock XF. :)
Many thanks for this is a great add on. I and my users really like it. Easy installation and use. New smileys bar works much more effective than XF default one. It makes access easier, does not cover text area and loads faster. Customer support is also excellent. He responses you so quick and try to find a solution as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing more from this developer in the future.
Thanks a lot for the great review. Much appreciated.