How do I Make a Microsoft Outlook Smiley Face Using the Control Button?

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft Outlook is a popular e-mail and calendar application used by individuals and businesses all over the world. When writing an e-mail in Outlook, you might want to use a graphic to convey emotion--for instance, a smiley face to represent happiness. You can't create a smiley face using the Control button on your keyboard, but you can hold down the ALT button and type a few numbers (in Outlook 2003) or type a smiley face emoticon (in Outlook 2007).

Open Microsoft Outlook by clicking "Start," then "All Programs" and selecting Outlook from the Microsoft Office folder.

Write your e-mail. Use the mouse or keyboard when finished to move your cursor to the location in your message where you'd like to put a smiley face.

Hold down the ALT button and type "074" using the numbers on your keyboard. This will create a circular smiley face in Outlook 2003. If you're using Outlook 2007, you can use emoticons like :-) or ;-) to automatically insert a smiley face.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook
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