How to make a smiley face on your documents

Adding emoticons, such as a smiley face or a frown face, to a document adds a personal touch and helps convey the writer's feelings. Although any keyboard can create a simple smiley icon by typing :-) into the documet, the familiar smiley face graphic can be added to documents in Microsoft Word and other programs by accessing symbols in the font menu or by copying and pasting smiley graphics created outside the word processing software.

Create a document using standard word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, Publisher or Front Page. Originally intended for Windows, Word is also available in a Macintosh-friendly version that contains the same features and font sets.

Place the cursor at the point where the smiley face should be inserted. From the word processing toolbar, select "Insert." From the drop-down menu that appears, choose "Symbol." From the "Symbol" dialogue box, click on "Fonts." This opens the entire preinstalled font menu.

From the "Font" menu, scroll to "Wingdings," a font option installed in Word for Windows and Macintosh and other word processing software. Wingdings contains a variety of symbols and characters for custom needs, including accent marks and other punctuation for non-English words.

In "Wingdings," scroll to the emoticon symbols and double-click the smiley face. The emoticon then appears in the document at the cursor point.


Emoticons can also be downloaded separately or created in graphics software and pasted into the document using the "Copy" and "Paste" commands from the "Edit" menu of your word processing software. Don't have Wingdings? Custom fonts containing emoticons and other symbols can be purchased or downloaded for free online.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processing software
  • Wingdings font or custom emoticons
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About the Author

Carla Jean McKinney has been writing professionally since 1989. She is the author of three nonfiction books and numerous published short works, as well as articles on natural sciences and the environment. Also a photographer, McKinney earned her Master of Arts at the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the Sessions School of Design.