How to Make Emoticons on Facebook

By Dan Stone

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.

How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Chat

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Email Messages

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Select an emoticon or a sticker.

Step 6

Click "Reply" to send the message.

How to Make Emoticons on Facebook Wall Posts

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Click "Post" to send the emoticon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Facebook recognizes emoticon text combinations entered in the text fields and replaces them with the corresponding emoticon. You can enter the text combinations to use emoticons instead of navigating through the menus.
  • Some common supported emoticon text combinations include "=-)," ":-(," ":-P," ";-)" and "-_-." Additionally, Firefox and Chrome support browser extensions that add more emoticons to Facebook.
  • Facebook integrates email messages and instant messages into a shared conversation history. The only functional difference between the two is the layout of the interface.
  • The emoticon concept is substantially older than social networks: Scott Fahlman, a Carnegie Mellon professor, takes the credit for the first emoticon -- the "=-)" smiley symbol -- back in 1982.
  • Facebook includes support for "Meep" and Pusheen" stickers by default. If you want additional stickers you can add more through the Facebook Sticker Store. Some stickers are free and others cost money. You can access the Sticker Store by clicking the "Shopping Cart" icon found on the Facebook Chat "Emoticon" menu.
  • The emoticon window doesn't appear in status updates, but the keyboard shortcuts work. Additionally, stickers only work in chat.