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Smileys and Graphical Icon Codes for Every IM Client

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While instant messaging can be a strictly text-based experience, emoticons can add a whole other level of context and understanding to messages which might be received another way. Emoticons are text-based or animated illustrations that offer users the ability to share expressions ranging from happiness to a broken heart.

Some popular IM clients offer animated and graphical emoticon menus, while others do not offer support for smileys. When the latter is the case, you can use the Western and Asian-style emoticons shown below.

To create any of these emoticons, locate the symbols on your keyboard and enter them in the text field of your IM window. Remember, some symbols will require hitting the SHIFT key.

Western Emoticons

:) - happy

:-)

:^)

:]

:( - sad

;) - wink

:/ - doubtful/unsure

:P - sticking tongue out

:O - shocked/scream

:| - expressionless

:S - confused

<3 - heart/love

</3 - broken-hearted

B) - glasses

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:} - mustache

xD - laughing hard

xP - disgusted

X( - pouting/frustrated

:*( - crying

:3 - cute/cat-like

:-* - kiss on the cheek

>:O - angry/screaming

:X - sealed lips

0:) - angel/angelic

@)-v-- - rose

O--- - lollipop

Asian-Style Emoticons

(^_^) - happy

(‘_^) - wink

(>_<) - in pain

(<_>) - sad/depressed

(\_/) - angry

(-_-) - sigh

(._.) - depressed

(-_-) zzz - sleeping

(-.o) - black eye

(#_#) - beaten-up

(x_x) - dead

(@_@) - crazy/hypnotized

(o_O) - confused

($_$) - cha-ching!

(*_*) - star-struck

(O-O) - glasses/Harry Potter

<(‘o’<) - ghost

(>’o’)> - ghost

d^_^b - listening to music

t(o_o)t - flipping the bird

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