How to Make Smileys on Your Keyboard

By Richard Kalinowski

A basic smiley face is nothing more than a colon and parentheses, but some programs automatically turn the basic ":)" symbol into a more detailed smiley face emoticon. If the auto-complete feature does not do the trick, you can manually insert smiley faces using "Alt Codes." "Alt Codes" lets PC users insert special characters ranging from foreign letters, to mathematical symbols to selected emoticons. These codes take just seconds to learn and work on most Windows computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Keyboard with 10-key pad.

Step 1

Click on the spot in the document, email or website where you want to make the smiley face.

Step 2

Turn on your keyboard's "NumLock" button to activate the 10-key pad. To use "Alt Codes," you need a keyboard with a 10-key.

Step 3

Press and hold the "Alt" key.

Step 4

Type "1" on the 10-key. The smiley face appears on-screen.