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Emoticons – those smileys and other faces made out of letters and symbols on your keyboard – are a great way to inject a little fun into your emails, online messages and text messages.
Learning them is also a great way to get very familiar with your keyboard!
I showed you how to make some smiley faces and other basic emoticons with your keyboard in a previous Tech Tip – that’s a good place to get started. If you’re having a blast with emoticons and want to learn a more, then here are animals, expressions and other fun ones to liven up your emails and messages!
A couple of quick tips before we get started:
- When you’re typing emoticons don’t type spaces between characters.
- Some of the examples below call for an “underscore” – it is made by holding down the shift key and the hyphen key at the same time.
- Some call for a “bullet.” On a PC, make a bullet by holding down Alt+7; on a Mac, make a bullet by holding down option+8.
Tongue in Cheek
:-J colon + minus sign + capital J
:-& colon + minus sign + ampersand
=^_^= equal sign + caret + underscore + caret + equal sign
:-o colon + minus sign + lowercase o
Laughing out Loud
=-D equal sign + minus sign + capital D
>_< greater than sign + underscore + less than sign
(*_*) open parentheses + asterisk + underscore + asterisk + close parentheses
(-_-) open parentheses + minus sign + underscore + minus sign + close parentheses
>_<* greater than sign + underscore + less than sign + asterisk
(*^_^*) open parenthesis + asterisk + carat + underscore + carat + asterisk + close parenthesis
Want to see more? Click here to find even more expressions emoticons.
*<:) asterisk + less than sign + colon + close parentheses
0_ zero + underscore
@~)~~~~ “at” sign + tilde + close parentheses + several tildes
<•> greater than + bullet + less than
-|–‘ hyphen + straight slash + straight slash + apostrophe
*<<<<= asterisk + several less than signs + equal sign
8[+] number 8 + open bracket + plus sign + close bracket
Four Leaf Clover
%%- percentage sign + percentage sign + minus sign
(*)/(*) open parenthesis + asterisk + close parenthesis + forward slash + open parenthesis + asterisk + close parenthesis
See more emoticons that represent objects and things.
(*V*) open parenthesis + asterisk + capital V + asterisk + close parenthesis
=^.^= equal sign + carat + period + carat + equal sign
:o3 colon + lowercase o + number 3
<>< less than sign + greater sign + less than sign
<:3)~ less than sign + colon + number 3 + close parentheses + tilde
=8) equal sign + number 8 + closed parentheses
:(III)- colon + open parentheses + three vertical bars + close parentheses + minus sign
^o,o^ caret + lowercase o + comma + lowercase o + caret
( *)> open parentheses + asterisk + close parentheses + greater than sign
(‘.’) open parentheses + apostrophe + period + apostrophe + close parentheses
_@_v underscore + at sign + underscore + lowercase v
Some fun emoticons are more complicated. Like this dinosaur, for example!
( ” \>
| …. |>
\ / \ /
In this case, you’d be better off copying and pasting the emoticon so you don’t have to painstakingly retype each character and letter. Check out more animal emoticons here.
Click here to see how to make basic emoticons like smiley faces.
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Have fun! And feel free to practice in the comments box below :)