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Using Chat Emoticons

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To use emoticons while chatting in Google Properties (ie. Gmail, Google+) just choose one of these options:

  • Type a combination of keys (see the options below) and press Enter.
  • Click the blue smiley-face button at the right of the text-entry field. A pop-up menu appears, where you can choose from different emoticon sets, including circular, rectangular, or standard.

When you select a particular emoticon set, it becomes your default set. All incoming and outgoing emoticons will appear in your default style until you change sets.

Here's a list of emoticons in standard format:



Emoticon Key Combination

It's a monkey!

Rock out.
smiley face emoticon
smiley face emoticon
smiley face emoticon
smiley face emoticon
smiley face emoticon


Note: if you send an emoticon to someone who isn't using chat in Gmail or Google+,the emoticon may not display properly.

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