How to Add Emoticons to a Word Document

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Show off a smile or other face with Word document emoticons.

Microsoft Word documents may be all about word processing, but that doesn't mean you can't express your emotion about the subject matter. Sprinkle some emoticons into your Word letters, brochures and postcards to really get your feelings across. Emoticons are "faces" rendered by characters on the screen. While it may seem impossible that a few keystrokes can imply you're feeling happy, sad, confused, angry and more, after a couple clicks in Word, you'll find the keys a quick way to express yourself.

Step 1

Open Word, click the "File" tab and click "Open." Browse to the Word document to add the emoticons into and double-click the file name. The document opens in a new Word window.

Step 2

Scroll to the first part of the document to add an emoticon. Place your cursor at the end of the sentence or to the right of the letter and press the space bar.

Step 3

Add an emoticon showing you're happy by pressing the colon key (:), the caret key (^) and a capital (D), which looks like :^D.

Step 4

Create an emoticon to show something in the document makes you cry by pressing the colon key, the period and the open parenthesis, which looks like :.(.

Step 5

Blow your reader a kiss by pressing the equal sign (=), the caret key and the asterisk (), which looks like =^.

Step 6

Show your shock at some facts and figures in the document by pressing the number 8 key, the dash (-) and the small "o," which looks like 8-o.

Step 7

Tell readers you're thinking about money by pressing the dollar sign key ($), the dash and the closed parenthesis, which looks like $-).

Step 8

Add Word's basic smiley face to your document by clicking the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and clicking the "Shapes" button on the toolbar below it.

Step 9

Click the smiley face in the "Basic Shapes" section, click the Word document and drag your cursor to form the face. After it fills in with color, scroll through the "Shape Styles" section of the toolbar and double-click a color to recolor the emoticon.

Step 10

Click the "File" tab, click "Save As" and rename the document before saving, in case you want to access the non-emoticon version in the future.