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How to insert emoticons in outlook

Updated March 23, 2017

Emoticons, otherwise known as animated smileys, are common in instant messaging, chat rooms and e-mails. Emoticons can be a simple way to display emotion in a message. In Microsoft Outlook, you can only insert a text-based smiley using the “Symbol” menu. However, if you want more animated graphics to enhance your e-mail messages, you will first need to download the images.

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  1. Open a composed e-mail message in Microsoft Outlook.

  2. Place your cursor where you want to insert an emoticon.

  3. Click the “Insert” tab, then “Symbol” in the “Symbols” group. Click “More Symbols.”

  4. Select the “Symbols” tab in the dialogue box. In the “Font” menu, select “Wingdings.”

  5. Choose the happy face, disappointed face or sad face. Click “Insert” to place it in your e-mail message.

  6. Click “Close” to close the “Symbols” dialogue box.

  7. Tip

    If you’re not satisfied with plain-text smileys, you can download animated emoticons from Microsoft Office Online, then insert them as an image in your Outlook message. Another option is to download a collection of smileys from a third party that are compatible with Outlook.

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Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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