How to type smiley face ASCII ☺ ?

P.S I copy pasted ☺ from a site. ☺

  • Have you googled "ascii art facebook"? Lots of advice there.
    – BrianA
    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:38
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    It's not included in the ASCII character set, though it is in the Unicode character set.
    – onestop
    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:23

3 Answers 3


The easiest way is to use the windows program charmap.

Just type charmap into the search box on the start menu (vista and 7) or select start->run and type in charmap (in 9x to XP).

Make sure the character set is set to Unicode in the dropdown in the lower half, and take your pick from the myriad of characters there. You can then copy and paste the characters to your heart's content.

NB: Not all websites will support Unicode text and may filter it out or complain at you.


Alt + 1 (on the number pad, make sure num lock is on) ☺

(alt+2 to make him black) ☻

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    Strangest thing! Smiley was practically at the beginning of the 437 code page all along, and we didn't use it till the 90s when people invented the colon-bracket thing...
    – dkellner
    Aug 16, 2018 at 14:57

Press CtrlShiftU, 2, 6, 3, A, Enter in order.

  • How can I enter this in Facebook? Mar 18, 2011 at 9:21
  • 3
    You don't. You enter it in your operating system. Mar 18, 2011 at 9:21
  • 2
    Unfortunately, Ctrl-Shift-U appears to be specific to GNOME (GTK2) programs. Mar 18, 2011 at 16:27

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