How to insert emotion icons

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How to insert emotion icons
It's easy to insert emotion icons into your documents and e-mails. (smiley sad image by Tomislav from Fotolia.com)

From funny to sad faces, emotion icons are a unique way to express yourself in an e-mail, letter or instant message on your computer. The icons, also called emoticons, are built into a variety of programs, including Microsoft Office, instant message clients and even the Windows operating system. Emotion icons are graphics and can be copied and pasted into a graphic manipulation program. Inserting emotion icons is not a difficult task. You don't need to install or download anything.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint or other Microsoft application by clicking on the program's icon or by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and clicking on the program's name.

  2. 2

    Open the document you want to insert the emotion icon into by clicking "File," "Open" and navigating to the document you want. Double-click on the document's name to open it. Or create a new document or e-mail by clicking "File," "New" and selecting a blank document or mail message.

  3. 3

    Place the cursor in the location you want to place the emotion icon. Click "Insert" on the program's main tool bar. Click "Symbol." The Symbol dialogue box will open.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Symbols" tab. Click on the down arrow next to the "Font" box. Select "Wingdings."

  5. 5

    Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Double-click on the icon to insert it into your document or e-mail. Click "Close" when you are done.

  1. 1

    Open the document you want to insert the emotion icon into. Place the cursor in the location you want to place the emotion icon.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," "Run." Type "charmap.exe" in the "Open" box. If using Windows Vista or 7, type "charmap.exe" in the "Start Search" box.

  3. 3

    Press "Enter" or "Return" on your computer's keyboard. The Character Map utility will open.

  4. 4

    Click on the down arrow next to the "Font" box. Select "Wingdings." Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Double-click on the icon. The emotion icon will appear in the "Characters to Copy" box at the bottom of the Character Map dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Copy" button next to the "Characters to Copy" box. Switch to your document or e-mail. Press the "CTRL" and "V" keys together on your computer's keyboard to insert the emotion icon into your document or e-mail.

    Leave the Character Map dialogue box open, if you want, or click on the "X" in the upper-right corner to close the box.

  1. 1

    Open the instant message client or forum website you want to insert an emotion icon into.

  2. 2

    Click inside of the instant message or forum message box.

  3. 3

    Click on the emotion icon's "Emoticon" button on the instant message or forum's main toolbar. The emotion icon's button will be a symbol, usually a smiley face. The emotion icon selection box will open.

  4. 4

    Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Click on the icon to insert it into the instant message or forum message box.

Tips and warnings

  • If using Microsoft Outlook, you must have Word selected as your e-mail editor and your message formatting must be set to "RTF" or "HTML" before you can insert emotion icons into your e-mails. To select these settings, open Outlook. Click "Tools," "Options." Click on the "Mail Format" tab. Click on the check box next to "Use Microsoft Word to Edit Email Messages." Click on the down arrow next to "Send in This Message Format." Select "HTML" or "Microsoft Outlook Rich Text." Click "Apply," "OK."

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