How to Make Smiley Faces or Pictures With a Keyboard

Updated February 21, 2017

The smiley, and its many variants, has become an important part of digital messaging since Scott Fahlman introduced it in the early 1980s on a Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board. What better or faster way to show your reader how you feel without using words? You can combine various characters on the keyboard to make popular emoticons or create some of your own.Smileys are created from ASCI characters on the keyboard and are built from left to the right. Smileys are viewed by typically tilting the head to the left. When the smiley's characters are viewed from left to right - or top to bottom in this case - they form a recognisable, but simple, "face."

Make the eyes. Some characters used for eyes include ":" for regular eyes, "=" for elongated eyes, and ";" for a wink. You can also try "%," which could represent drunken or confused eyes.

Create a nose. Popular characters for a nose include "-- "and "~." You can also use ">" or "<" for a pointy nose or even "+."

Make a mouth. You can use ")," "]," or "}" for a smile; "[,", "{,"or "(" for a frown; "*" for a kiss; "D" for a big grin or laugh; "P" for a mouth with tongue sticking out; and "O" for a look of surprise.

Put the face together. When you combine the characters for the eyes, nose and mouth together, you could have the following emoticons:

Happy faces: : -) :~} =] %) : > ) : - D :+)

Sad faces: = - ( : -{ : < ( : + (

Other faces: = P (tongue sticking out) : - * (a kiss) >: - { (angry face) : - O (surprise)

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