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How to Type Smiley Faces

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How to Type Smiley Faces

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Creating smileys is a popular activity for many using the computer and if you can't make smileys, you may just be feeling a little left out. This wikiHow shows you how to make smileys and indicates the meaning that accompanies each smiley - because there is a meaning, providing you know what it is!


  1. Learn the basic smiles and the meaning that accompanies each. The following list provides you with the major smiley emoticons (emotional icons). Most of them are drawn sideways, that is you might see the intended image better if you tip your head to the left.
    • :) Happy
    • :( Sad
    • >:< Angry
    • ^-^ Cute
    • (-_-) Sleeping
    • *_* Dizzy or starry eyes (not sideways)
    • :"> Embarrassed (blushing)
    • :^) Happy (profile)
    • :¬) Happy (with cool nose), Alt+0172
    • ☺ Happy, Alt+1
    • ☻ Happy, Alt+2
    • :-/ Perplexed, frustrated
    • :*( Sad (crying)
    • :,( Sad (crying)
    • :-x Speechless or sick
    • :o Surprised
    • :0 Surprised, OMG (Oh my god)
    • :-& Tongue tied
    • :)) Very happy
    • :(( Very sad
    • =))))) Very, very happy
    • :-S Worried

  2. Learn some more advanced smiles and the meaning that accompanies each. The following list provides you with a list of smiles, which primarily communicate actions rather than emotions. They are also drawn sideways, that is you might see the intended image better if you tip your head to the left.
    • :? Ask
    • *:) Answer
    • ;;) Batting eyelashes
    • :-)~ Drool
    • >:D< Hug
    • :-‡ Keeping a secret (my lips are sealed)
    • :* Kiss
    • :D Laughing
    • XD Laughing crazily
    • X-D Laughing out loud (LOL)
    • \:) Raised eyebrow
    • :P Raspberry (sticking out tongue)
    • =Þ Raspberry (sticking out tongue) Alt-012254
    • :' Smirk
    • ;) Wink
    • :-@ Yelling, screaming

  3. Learn the "character" smiles that can be animals, cartoon characters or exaggerated human features.
    • 0 :-) Angel
    • ():) Angel
    • :B Buckteeth, nerd
    • :E Buckteeth, nerd
    • >:3 Bunny
    • (\ /)
    • (0.0)
    • (_ _)o Bunny (tall, upright instead of sideways)
    • }Y{ Butterfly
    • >=3 Cat
    • *:o) Clown
    • =]:)* Cowboy
    • ]:) Devil
    • }:) Devil
    • :0P Dog
    • <>< Fish
    • +:) Girl with bow
    • (>'.')> Kirby
    • (^'.'^) Kirby again
    • <('.'<) Kirby (again...)
    • <('.'<) <('.')> (>'.')> Kirby dancing
    • :^o Liar
    • d:c}) Mario
    • \\m// (-_-) \\m// Metal head (not sideways)
    • :! Mole
    • :(|) Monkey
    • @(o_o)@ Monkey (not sideways)
    • :-{ Mustache
    • :-c Mustache
    • :3) Nose
    • :@) Pig
    • :(:) Pig
    • <(*_*)> Rosie the robot (not sideways)
    • *<|:{)} Santa Claus!
    • ∑:-) Bart Simpson
    • (_8(I) Homer Simpson
    • @@@@@:^) Marge Simpson
    • qo{-<]: Skateboarder
    • <@@@@@@@@:F Snake
    • o)-< Stick figure
    • @:-) Turban
    • &:-) Elvis

  4. Practice more smiley creation. The art of smiles is a treasured and long-running one. You can continue with these smiles and then perhaps consider making your own. The following list offers examples of drawings of inanimate objects drawn in the same style as the emotional icons shown above.
    • <------K Arrow
    • -DD- Bikini
    • <<<<<- Christmas Tree
    • <]]]]| Crayon
    • **== Flag
    • <3 Heart
    • @----\---- Rose
    • c(:) Skull
    • <===========[[===] Sword
    • >[] TV
    • /.--|----^- M-16
    • |:{| Man with mustache/caveman


  • Many programs on the Internet will allow you to automatically insert smileys, such as wikiHow forums, Gmail, Skype or chat programs. Now you will know what they mean!
  • You could add a symbol from the collection of Alt plus a number from the very right of a "QWERTY" keyboard. (e.x.: ♥ (Alt+3))


  • Don't offend anyone with smileys.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Keyboard

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