How to Add Colorful Emoticons and Smiley Faces in Outlook

Emoticons and smileys are a great way to add some life to your messages in Outlook. You can show your happiness, sorrow, anger etc. in a message by using relevant smiley and emoticons. While Outlook support emoticons such as 🙂 , 🙁 , 😐 , etc. you may find them old fashioned now and wish for something refreshing and exciting emoticons. To know, how to make use of Color Emoticons and Smiley in when Outlook doesn’t offer native support for custom and colorful emoticons and smileys, go through the information provided below.

Guide to Use Colorful Emoticons and Smiley Faces in Outlook

Though Outlook doesn’t offer support for custom and colorful smileys, you can easily configure it via AutoCorrect. This helps in converting the text characters to a relevant icon. In fact, smileys like 🙂 are also converted via AutoCorrect. Below we have provided step-by-step instructions for adding new smileys, emoticons, and logos to Autocorrect.

1.) Create a new message in your Outlook and insert an image of symbol of your preference via disk, web, or other sources.

2.) After entering the image or symbol to your message, select it and go to the AutoCorrect option.

  • For Outlook 2003 and Older Versions: go to Tools > AutoCorrect Options…
  • For Outlook 2007: Go to the Office Logo located at the upper-left corner > Editor Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options…
  • For Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2016: File > Options > Mail > Button: Spelling and Autocorrect… > button: AutoCorrect Options…
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3.) Now, select the AutoCorrect tab and type the characters which should convert into the added image or symbol under the Replace field.

4.) After entering the characters, make sure that “With” option is set to “Formatted text”.

5.) Next, click on the Add or Replace button and your entry will be added to the list below. Click on the OK button until you have returned to your message box.

NOTE: The asterisk (*) means that the characters will be replaced with an image.

Once you have configured the smileys or emoticons, you can use them next time in your message by entering the characters that you set for the particular image or symbol.

NOTE: You may need to press “ENTER” key or “SPACEBAR” key to convert the characters to an emoticon.

Get Easy Access to AutoCorrect Options

To get quick access to the AutoCorrect options dialog, you can add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). When you add the AutoCorrect options to the QAT, you will be able to add more emoticons with an easy access.

  • For Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\
  • For Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

What are the Source of New Smiley, logo, or icon?

You can use almost anything as a source for your new Smiley, Emoticons, logo or icon. This mainly includes:

  • An image from your hard drive.
  • An image from a web page.
  • A symbol from a font.

So, this is how you can replace the outdated smileys with colorful ones using the AutoCorrect option in your Outlook. However, you must remember that Outlook doesn’t support animated Gifs, however, if an incoming message contains an animated Gifs, it will still animate.

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