How to Use Smilies

What Are Smileys?

A smiley is often used in text communications to convey an emotion with a message. It normally used to express a person’s mood. A smiley can also be called an emoticon.

Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. Some examples are:

;-)  is equivalent to smile emoticon
:-) is equivalent to smile emoticon
:-(   is equivalent to sad emoticon
:-?   is equivalent to confused emoticon

How Does WordPress Handle Smileys?

By default, WordPress automatically converts text smileys to graphic images. When you type ;-) in your post you see smile emoticon when you preview or publish your post.

To Turn off Graphic Smileys

If you turn off graphic smileys, whatever you type in plain text will remain, and be displayed, as plain text.

  1. Go to your Admin Panel
  2. Select Settings -> Writing
  3. In the Formatting section, uncheck the box for “Convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display“.

What Text Do I Type to Make Smileys?

Smiley images and the text used to produce them*:

icon text text full text icon full text
smile :) :-) :smile: lol :lol:
biggrin :D :-D :grin: redface :oops:
sad :( :-( :sad: cry :cry:
surprised :o :-o :eek: evil :evil:
eek 8O 8-O :shock: twisted :twisted:
confused :? :-? :???: rolleyes :roll:
cool 8) 8-) :cool: exclaim :!:
mad :x :-x :mad: question :?:
razz :P :-P :razz: idea :idea:
neutral :| :-| :neutral: arrow :arrow:
wink ;) ;-) :wink: mrgreen :mrgreen:

* In some instances, multiple text options are available to display the same smiley.

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