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How to Make Smiley Faces on Email

Updated April 17, 2017

Everyone does it, from teenagers to grandparents and all ages in between. E-mail has become the preferred way to stay in touch in today's hectic world. It's easy to personalise e-mails to friends and family with heartfelt words and sentiments. It's also easy to add emotional touches to e-mails by inserting smiley face and other expressive icons. Called "emoticons," smiley faces can help illustrate that funny joke or comment.

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  1. Open your e-mail program and click on the "New" or "Compose" button to open a blank e-mail. Popular e-mail programs include Yahoo!, MSN, AOL and Microsoft Outlook.

  2. Look at the menu bar above the blank area where you type your e-mail message. Click on the yellow face icon with the sunglasses.

  3. Select the smiley face icon that you want from the drop-down box that appears after clicking on the yellow face with the sunglasses. Click on the smiley face icon that you want and it will be inserted into your e-mail.

  4. Hold the "Shift" key and hit the semicolon/colon key. Hit the hyphen key and then the "Shift" the right parenthesis/0 key. Turn your head to the left and you'll see a smiley face :-)

  5. Hold the "Shift" key and hit the semicolon/colon key. Hit the hyphen key and the "Shift" and "d" key. Turn your head to the left and you'll see a laughing face :-D

  6. Hit the "8" key, then the hyphen key. Hold "Shift" and hit the right parenthesis/0 key. Turn your head to the left and you will see a smiley face with bright eyes 8-)

  7. Tip

    If you use Gmail, you can download a smiley face icon from "Yahoo! Smiley Collection" and insert it into your e-mail. A browser search will bring up several emoticon download sites that will allow the smiley face icons to be downloaded to your computer for future use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • E-mail program

About the Author

Jeff Dickinson has been writing professionally for 19 years. He began covering sports for The Huntsville Times in Alabama and moved to Atlanta in 1997. Dickinson worked in corporate communications for seven years before beginning his freelance career in 2005. He covers football for the Marietta Daily Journal and FANatic Sports and writes for a variety of websites.

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