How to Make Penguins From Computer Keys

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How to Make Penguins From Computer Keys
Make a penguin emoticon using your computer's keyboard. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Online chatters looking for cute emoticons will find a new one in the penguin. Emoticons are faces and characters made using ascii symbols, or characters on computer keys. Common emoticons include :) for a smiley face and :( for a sad face. In Google and Yahoo chat, there is no preprogrammed penguin emoticon, but in Facebook chat, typing the ascii symbols for a penguin generates a cartoon image of a penguin facing the left side of the chat window.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer keyboard

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Type <, the less than symbol. To access this symbol, hold down the shift key and hit the comma key.

  2. 2

    Type (, the open parenthesis symbol. Hold down the shift key and type the 9.

  3. 3

    Type the ", or open quotes symbol. Hold down the shift key and hit the ' key, which is just to the left of the return key.

  4. 4

    Type ), the close parenthesis symbol. Hold down the shift key and hit 0.

  5. 5

    Look at your penguin symbol. It should appear as <("). Hit the return key in the Facebook chat window and the penguin symbol will appear.

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