How to Make a Smiley in MS Word

The smiley face emoticon is an Internet staple, first used in 1982 and still in use on computers today. Microsoft's PowerPoint and Visio automatically converts “:)” into a smiley face emoticon as you type, but Microsoft Word 2010 does not have this auto-complete feature. If you want to make a smiley face in MS Word, you need to do it manually. The program is capable of displaying emoticons if you know the right keyboard commands.

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A special "Alt" command allows you to make a smiley in Word.

Basic Fonts

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Click on the document location where you want to insert the smiley face.

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Turn on your computer's “NumLock” option.

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Press and hold the “Alt” key.

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Press the “1” key on your 10-pad.

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Let go of both keys. A smiley face should appear in the Word document. If there is no smiley face, your computer does not currently support this special character for a basic Times New Roman or Arial font, and you'll need to use a special font.

Wingdings Font

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Click on the place in the Word document where you want to insert a smiley face.

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Click on the “Font” drop-down box under the “Home” tab.

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Select “Windings” from the list of fonts. Wingdings comes pre-installed on most computers, and it offers a smiley face character.

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Press and hold the “Shift” key.

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Press the “J” key on your keyboard. A smiley face inserts into the document.