How to Insert Emotion Icons

By Nick Davis

From funny to sad faces, emotion icons are a unique way to express yourself in an email, letter or instant message on your computer. The icons, also called emoticons, are built into a variety of programs, including Microsoft Office, instant message clients and even the Windows operating system. Emotion icons are graphics and can be copied and pasted into a graphic manipulation program. Inserting emotion icons is not a difficult task. You don't need to install or download anything.

Inserting Emotion Icons--Microsoft Products

Step 1

Open the Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint or other Microsoft application by clicking on the program's icon or by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and clicking on the program's name.

Step 2

Open the document you want to insert the emotion icon into by clicking "File," "Open" and navigating to the document you want. Double-click on the document's name to open it. Or create a new document or email by clicking "File," "New" and selecting a blank document or mail message.

Step 3

Place the cursor in the location you want to place the emotion icon. Click "Insert" on the program's main tool bar. Click "Symbol." The Symbol dialog box will open.

Step 4

Click on the "Symbols" tab. Click on the down arrow next to the "Font" box. Select "Wingdings."

Step 5

Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Double-click on the icon to insert it into your document or email. Click "Close" when you are done.

Inserting Emotion Icons--Via Windows Character Map

Step 1

Open the document you want to insert the emotion icon into. Place the cursor in the location you want to place the emotion icon.

Step 2

Click "Start," "Run." Type "charmap.exe" in the "Open" box. If using Windows Vista or 7, type "charmap.exe" in the "Start Search" box.

Step 3

Press "Enter" or "Return" on your computer's keyboard. The Character Map utility will open.

Step 4

Click on the down arrow next to the "Font" box. Select "Wingdings." Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Double-click on the icon. The emotion icon will appear in the "Characters to Copy" box at the bottom of the Character Map dialog box.

Step 5

Click on the "Copy" button next to the "Characters to Copy" box. Switch to your document or email. Press the "CTRL" and "V" keys together on your computer's keyboard to insert the emotion icon into your document or email. Leave the Character Map dialog box open, if you want, or click on the "X" in the upper-right corner to close the box.

Inserting Emotion Icons--Instant Message Clients & Forums

Step 1

Open the instant message client or forum website you want to insert an emotion icon into.

Step 2

Click inside of the instant message or forum message box.

Step 3

Click on the emotion icon's "Emoticon" button on the instant message or forum's main toolbar. The emotion icon's button will be a symbol, usually a smiley face. The emotion icon selection box will open.

Step 4

Scroll to the emotion icon you want. Click on the icon to insert it into the instant message or forum message box.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using Microsoft Outlook, you must have Word selected as your email editor and your message formatting must be set to "RTF" or "HTML" before you can insert emotion icons into your emails. To select these settings, open Outlook. Click "Tools," "Options." Click on the "Mail Format" tab. Click on the check box next to "Use Microsoft Word to Edit Email Messages." Click on the down arrow next to "Send in This Message Format." Select "HTML" or "Microsoft Outlook Rich Text." Click "Apply," "OK."