How to Make Emoticons on Facebook

Facebook supports emoticon use in instant messages, email messages and status updates; however, the usage methods vary among the site elements. You can use emoticons by navigating the emoticon menus or by entering recognized character combinations. Emoticons are not the only non-verbal communication present in Facebook: Facebook Chat includes support for "Stickers," which are illustrations and animations that function similarly to emoticons.

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Messaging and email systems commonly support emoticons.
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How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Chat

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Open a Facebook Chat window by selecting a friend from the sidebar window.

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Click the Smiley Face icon located on the chat instant message window to launch the emotions and stickers menu.

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Click the "Emoticons" smiley face icon to open the emoticons listing or click one of the other icons to open the related sticker listing.

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Click the desired emoticon or sticker and send the message by pushing "Enter."

How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Email Messages

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Click "See All" to open the message and email history found under the navigation bar's "Messages" speech-bubble icon.

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Select a friend you've exchanged messages with from the message history window.

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Click the "Smiley Face" icon located in the "Write a reply..." field to launch the emotions and stickers menu.

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Click the "Emoticons" smiley face icon to open the emoticons listing. Click one of the sticker icons like "Meep" or "Pusheen" to switch from emoticons to stickers if desired.

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Select an emoticon or a sticker.

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Click "Reply" to send the message.

How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Wall Posts

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Go to the Facebook home page and click in the "What's on your mind?" field under "Update Status."

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Click the smiley-face icon on the status window and choose "Feeling."

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Select the desired emoticon from the "Feeling" drop menu.

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Click "Post" to send the emoticon.