How to make smiley faces for Facebook

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How to make smiley faces for Facebook
Smiley on Facebook (flower smiley image by Brent Walker from

Smiley faces are a great way to express yourself on Facebook. Add a little personality to your messages, make sure readers understand that you're being sarcastic or express amusement over a friend's joke. Whether you're feeling elated, overjoyed, goofy or downright jolly, express it with a digital smile. Smiley faces dress up and animate ideas, give readers something to look at other than text, and are easy to make with a few keystrokes.

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  1. 1

    Write a sentence to accompany your smiley face. The best place for a smiley face is near an expression of happiness, next to a funny story or by a joke.

  2. 2

    Choose the smiley face that you want to use from the following options: Happy :) - Colon followed by a parentheses Very happy =) - Equal sign followed by a parentheses Grinning :D - Colon followed by an upper case "D" Cat smiling ^_^ - Shift + six, underscore, Shift + six Wink smile ;) - Semicolon followed by a parentheses Goofy smile 8) - Eight followed by a parentheses Tongue sticking out :p - Colon followed by a lower case "p" Smiling devil 3:) - Three followed by a colon and parentheses Smiling angel 0:) - Zero followed by a colon and parentheses

  3. 3

    Insert the smiley face two spaces after the period following the appropriate sentence. Here is an example of how to incorporate a smiley face into text naturally: "I had the best time at the fair. :) All my friends showed up."

  4. 4

    Add a nose to any of the smiley faces by inserting a dash in between the eyes and mouth, modifying the smiley face to look like the following examples: Happy :-) Very happy =-) Grinning :-D Wink smile ;-) Goofy smile 8-) Tongue sticking out :-p Smiling devil 3:-) Smiling angel 0:-)

  5. 5

    Enter the symbols to show a variety of other emotions as well. For example, placing a left arrow bracket (<) prior to the numeric three (3) will allow you create the symbol of heart (<3) and, similarly, placing a forward slash (/) between < and 3 will denote broken heart (</3).

  6. 6

    Enter two spaces after the smiley face and before beginning the next sentence.

Tips and warnings

  • You can test your own combination of symbols for making emoticons on Facebook as well.

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