How to Make a Surprised Face Using Keyboard Characters

Updated April 17, 2017

When chatting on the Internet or sending e-mails, you can use emoticons to express shock, surprise or other reactions. Emoticons are letters or punctuation signs which, when typed together, create a facial expression. While some applications allow you to select and insert emoticons by using a special menu, you can also type one simply by using the characters on your keyboard.

Open the document, e-mail or chat window in which you want to type the "surprised face" emoticon.

Press the shift and ":" keys on your keyboard at the same time to insert a colon.

Press the "-" key to insert a dash.

Press the shift and "o" keys at the same time to insert a capital O. You have now created ":-O" showing a shocked or surprised face as your emoticon.

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Paul Higgins has been working as a writer since 2005, covering topics such as travel, technology, health and finance. He has also served as a Web developer and information technology trainer for more than 10 years. Higgins graduated from the University of Denver in 2006.