How to Add Emoticons to Microsoft Communicator

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How to Add Emoticons to Microsoft Communicator
Emoticons are intended to make instant messaging more like real-life conversations. (Four smileys image by George Dolgikh from

Microsoft Office Communicator is a business-oriented instant-messaging program that's similar to Microsoft Messenger. However, it includes several additional features designed for a business environment, such as VoIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing services. Emoticons (sometimes called "smileys") are small images of facial expressions that are used to express a writers feelings. In instant messaging, they act as a substitute for the facial cues that would occur in a face-to-face conversation. To have the ability to use emoticons in Microsoft Office Communicator, you must turn the feature on.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Office Communicator and click "Tools" at the top of the window.

  2. 2

    Select "Options" in the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Instant Message" tab at the top of the "Options" box, then select "Show emoticons in instant messages."

  4. 4

    Right-click on a message where you want to add an emoticon and click "Insert Emoticon."

  5. 5

    Click on the emoticon you want to use and it will appear in the location where you right-clicked. Send this message as you normally would.

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