How to Do Facebook Emoticons in Chat

Many emoticons are available for Facebook's chat feature, but most emoticon codes are hidden from the average user. Learn to add more emoticons to your Chat.


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You Will Need

  • Facebook account
  • Emoticon list
  • Firefox browser
  • Facebook ChatBar App


  1. Step 1

    Go to Facebook's Help Center

    Go to Facebook's Help Center for a short list of chat emoticons common to most chat apps, such as a colon and right parentheses to represent a smiley face.

  2. Less common emoticon keyboard combination codes include a colon and a capital V to symbolize a Pac-Man icon.

  3. Step 2

    Download Firefox

    Download the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser if you don't already have it. Then go to Mozilla's "Add-ons for Facebook" page.

  4. Step 3

    Download the Facebook Chatbar App

    Download the Facebook ChatBar App. Close and restart Firefox, and then log on to Facebook. The ChatBar adds a set of emoticon icons to the top of the Facebook chat window.

  5. As with all browser apps, Firefox's Facebook ChatBar App's performance results may be mixed.

  6. Step 4

    Click on a ChatBar icon

    Click on a ChatBar icon to easily insert it into your chat window text, eliminating the need to memorize more complicated emoticon key combination codes.

  7. Step 5

    Experiment with emoticons

    Experiment in the Facebook chat window with combinations of symbols and letters, using codes from Facebook groups to create your own emoticons.

  8. In 1963, advertising agency executive Harvey Ball collected a fee of only $45 for creating the iconic yellow smiley face symbol for a client.