How to Make Smiley Faces With a Computer Keyboard

Email messages are sometimes misunderstood by the recipient. Understanding the tone of the message is left up to the recipient, and so a friendly message can be read the wrong way. Learning to make a smiley face or other emoticons is one way to ensure your emails are read in the way they were intended. With a few simple clicks on the keyboard, you can show how you are feeling at the time the message was sent.

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Emoticons add feelings to words.

Happy Face

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Press the colon, hyphen and right parenthesis keys to make a typical smiley face. :-)

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Press the colon, hyphen and the right parenthesis key several times to make a very happy smiley face. :-)))))

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Make a winking smiley face by using a semicolon, hyphen and the right parenthesis key. ;-)

Sad Face

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Press the colon, hyphen and left parenthesis key to make a sad face. :-(

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Press the left parenthesis key, colon, hyphen and left parenthesis key again to make a sad face with a frowning forehead. (:-(

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Press the lowercase x, the underscore key and the lowercase x again, to make a sad, dead face. x_x

Miscellaneous

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Make a surprised face by hitting the colon, the hyphen and the number zero. :-0

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Make a straight face to convey a serious tone. Use the symbol above the number 6 (caret), the underscore key and another caret symbol. ^_^

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Use the plus key, the underscore key and the plus key again to show a face that does not care. =_=