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How to Make a Smiley in MS Word

The smiley face emoticon is an Internet staple, first used in 1982 and still in use on computers today. Microsoft's PowerPoint and Visio automatically converts ":)" into a smiley face emoticon as you type, but Microsoft Word 2010 does not have this auto-complete feature. If you want to make a smiley face in MS Word, you need to do it manually. The program is capable of displaying emoticons if you know the right keyboard commands.

Click on the document location where you want to insert the smiley face.

Turn on your computer's "NumLock" option.

Press and hold the "Alt" key.

Press the "1" key on your 10-pad.

Let go of both keys. A smiley face should appear in the Word document. If there is no smiley face, your computer does not currently support this special character for a basic Times New Roman or Arial font, and you'll need to use a special font.

Click on the place in the Word document where you want to insert a smiley face.

Click on the "Font" drop-down box under the "Home" tab.

Select "Windings" from the list of fonts. Wingdings comes pre-installed on most computers, and it offers a smiley face character.

Press and hold the "Shift" key.

Press the "J" key on your keyboard. A smiley face inserts into the document.

Things You'll Need

  • Keyboard with 10-key
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Richard Kalinowski began writing professionally in 2006. He also works as a website programmer and graphic designer for several clients. Kalinowski holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.