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How to Draw a Birthday Cake Using the Keyboard Symbols

Updated December 14, 2018

Long before emoticons and clip art became standard in instant messenger clients and word processing programs, users made their own simple graphics using nothing more than the keyboard's characters and the "Enter" key. You can make intricate designs out of your keyboard's characters line by line and character by character. The birthday cake design can be typed in quickly and will be immediately recognisable to the recipient. Keyboard art such as this can make a fresh alternative to flashy emoticons.

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  1. Click within the document or form in which you are placing the birthday cake figure.

  2. Type "-------- , , , , -------- " exactly as shown and then press "Enter."

  3. Type "------- |-|-|-| -------" and then press "Enter."

  4. Press the following keys one by one and then make a new line: "-------| happy |-------- ".

  5. Type "------| birthday |------ " and then press "Enter" once more.

  6. Type "---- |***|----- " and press "Enter."

  7. Type "--- |****|-----" to complete the figure.

  8. Tip

    It is imperative you use the same alignment for each level of the cake. For instance, if you start the figure in centre alignment, you must finish it in centre alignment. You can experiment with characters of your own to customise the cake to your liking, but if you increase the number of characters in a particular line, the figure will lose its symmetry. Most instant messenger applications allow you to make a new line without printing the current one. For instance, pressing "Shift" and "Enter" at the same time in Google's chat application will have this effect.

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About the Author

Tommy Charles is a professional writer and researcher for several websites. Focusing primarily on financial markets, he also writes for broader arenas and has written several articles focusing on general interest topics such as secure Web browsing, coin collecting and computer science. His ongoing series of articles concerning the FOREX market and game theory have received a wide readership.

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