Emoticons are little smiling or frowning faces that are popularly used within text messages, chat rooms and instant messages. "Emoticon" is a cross between the words "emotion" and "icon" and conveys a sense of personality or feeling in your messages. Microsoft Word allows you to create emoticons, which you can then copy and paste into MSN Messenger like any other text. This is a simple and straightforward process that takes only a few seconds.
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Open up a blank Microsoft Word document.
Click "Insert" in the File menu, and select "Symbol." The Windows "Character Map" tool will appear.
Scroll through the list of symbols on the "Character Map," and find the emoticon that you want to insert into MSN. Click on the emoticon to highlight it.
Click "Insert," and the emoticon will appear.
Highlight the emoticon in Microsoft Word.
Hold the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and press "C." Alternatively, you can right-click the selection and choose "Copy."
Minimise Microsoft Word by clicking the "dash" button in the top right corner of the program.
Open up the MSN message into which you want to paste the emoticon. Click inside of the text box to place your cursor.
Hold the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and press "V." Click "Send" to send the emoticon.
Tips and warnings
- In Microsoft Word 2002, you can also use the AutoCorrect feature to create the emoticon. Simply input the corresponding symbols into the document and press the space bar. Enter ":)" for a smiley face, ":|" for a disappointed face or ":(" for a frowning face.
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