How to Make the Skeleton Emoticon

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How to Make the Skeleton Emoticon
The frightening visage of the human skull can be easily reduced to an emoticon. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open your e-mail or IM program and begin a new message.

  2. 2

    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

  3. 3

    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

  4. 4

    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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