How to Add Question Marks and Exclamation Points in Cell Phone Text Messaging

By Lisa Myers

Add question marks and exclamation points to messages to improve the conversation when you text. All cell phones are slightly different, but most have the same basic layout for getting into the text message area and changing the way characters are entered when texting. Although text messaging has come about in a different era of communication--one that does not always require correct punctuation--it is sometimes more appropriate to use proper grammar when texting.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone

Step 1

Go to the area on the cell phone desktop that opens up text messaging and click on "send message." Set up the message the same way you normally would by inserting the recipient's name and/or number.

Step 2

Start typing the message until you get to the point where you want to add a question mark or exclamation point at the end of a sentence.

Step 3

Press the "options" button, usually designated by a soft button in the upper right or upper left corner of the key pad.

Step 4

Scroll down to the word "symbols" and select this choice, usually by pressing the "OK" button in the middle of the upper keypad.

Step 5

Press the arrow keys to move across the row of symbols until you find the question mark and then press the "OK" button to select either the question mark or the exclamation point.

Tips & Warnings

  • After selecting the symbol that you wish to insert, the symbol legend will disappear and you can continue typing your message as usual.

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