How to insert emoticons in outlook

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How to insert emoticons in outlook
Emoticons express emotion in an e-mail or instant message. (smiley image by Tomislav from

Emoticons, otherwise known as animated smileys, are common in instant messaging, chat rooms and e-mails. Emoticons can be a simple way to display emotion in a message. In Microsoft Outlook, you can only insert a text-based smiley using the “Symbol” menu. However, if you want more animated graphics to enhance your e-mail messages, you will first need to download the images.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open a composed e-mail message in Microsoft Outlook.

  2. 2

    Place your cursor where you want to insert an emoticon.

  3. 3

    Click the “Insert” tab, then “Symbol” in the “Symbols” group. Click “More Symbols.”

  4. 4

    Select the “Symbols” tab in the dialogue box. In the “Font” menu, select “Wingdings.”

  5. 5

    Choose the happy face, disappointed face or sad face. Click “Insert” to place it in your e-mail message.

  6. 6

    Click “Close” to close the “Symbols” dialogue box.

Tips and warnings

  • If you’re not satisfied with plain-text smileys, you can download animated emoticons from Microsoft Office Online, then insert them as an image in your Outlook message.
  • Another option is to download a collection of smileys from a third party that are compatible with Outlook.

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