How to Type Cool Emoticon Pictures on Facebook

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How to Type Cool Emoticon Pictures on Facebook
Make smileys and other emoticons on Facebook chat. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Facebook, the social-networking site, has a built-in instant messenger function so that you can chat to people on your Facebook friends list. When chatting, you may want to add emoticons -- small strings of text that look like faces. Facebook's chat function has built-in code that replaces some text strings with small images. If you know which text strings to type in, you can use these pictures in your chat sessions.

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Things you need

  • Facebook emoticon cheat sheet

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    Text Method

  1. 1

    Log in to Facebook and start a chat session.

  2. 2

    Open a separate window or tab and navigate to a Facebook emoticon cheat sheet. Find the emoticon you want to use and note the text string to create it.

  3. 3

    Type the text string for the emoticon you want into Facebook chat. For example, typing :-) will give you a round yellow smiley-face graphic.

    Firefox/Greasemonkey Add-On Method

  1. 1

    Install Firefox if you don't have it already. Navigate to the Firefox add-ons page (

  2. 2

    Find the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox and install it. Close your browser and restart it after the installation is complete.

  3. 3

    Navigate to and add the Facebook ChatBar + for Greasemonkey script. When you next use Facebook chat, you will see a visual menu of the available smileys in the chat window.

  4. 4

    Click on the emoticon you want to add to your chat.

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