How to Make a Smiley in MS Word

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How to Make a Smiley in MS Word
A special "Alt" command allows you to make a smiley in Word. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Keyboard with 10-key

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    Basic Fonts

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

  2. 2

    Turn on your computer's "NumLock" option.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "Alt" key.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

    Wingdings Font

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Press and hold the "Shift" key.

  5. 5

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

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