Emoticons are small faces you can insert into e-mails and instant messages. Some emoticons are graphical images, while others are made of ASCII text, aligning letters and symbols to give the appearance of a face. ASCII emoticons are easy to create, requiring little more than a few keystrokes. Skulls are a good subject for making into emoticons, due to their angular shapes and round eye-sockets. Once you know how to create a skull emoticon, you can add it into any message or create your own variations on it.
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Open your e-mail or IM program and begin a new message.
Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and type "0186" on your numeric keypad. Release the Alt key. This will make the masculine ordinal sign appear on your screen --- a symbol which can handily serve as an eye socket. Press the period key twice, and then make another ordinal sign. This will result in a minimalist skull emoticon that looks like this: º..º
Press the opening-parentheses key, followed by the number eight, and then the equals key. This will create a sideways skull, like this: (8=. Feel free to add a nose with the hyphen or change the mouth to a number sign if you prefer, like this: (8-#. The capital letter X makes a good pair of crossbones, as well: (8=X
Make a multi-line skull by typing, in order, the opening parentheses, a bullet, two periods, another bullet, and the closing parentheses. Use Alt-0149 to make the bullets. Press the Enter key, press the spacebar, and then press the pipe key a few times to make the teeth. The result should look something like this:
Tips and warnings
- If you use a Mac, use Option-0 key to make the masculine ordinal sign and Option-8 for the bullet.
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