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Possible to use emoticons in Mail?

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Jan 11, 2011 8:20 PM
My first grader loves to use emoticons but it doesn't seem the Mac will automatically convert a ":" and ")" into a smiley.

Any ideas for plugins or how to make this work?
Intel iMac core duo, Dual 1.8 G5, Macbook Pro i7, Macbook Pro i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, iPad WiFi + 3G, Apple TV, Time Capsule
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,960 points)
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    Jan 11, 2011 8:32 PM (in response to RBL)
    Not presently. It is possible to compose in HTML in which case you can include the HTML code to display an image file that is available on a public server. You can find many listed by searching for "free public image hosting" at Google. Or you can host them yourself if you have an FTP account or a MobileMe account.
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  • mattspence Calculating status...
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    Mar 9, 2011 4:46 PM (in response to Kappy)
    Hi There,

    I just came across your answer to another user, and you mentioned that you could use emoticons in mail if you had a MobileMe account. I have such an account. Can you explain this further?

    Thanks!
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • David Negvesky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 3:21 PM (in response to RBL)

    I'm sure I'm not the first to discover this, but you can have your cake and eat it too! You can have emoticons/smileys in Apple Mail, you can type shortcuts to put them there (":)", ":(", etc) AND they can be animated! Here's how:

     

    What you'll need:

    1) a ready source of some good, free emoticons (static and animated). I just tried those from Apimac's free "Smiles and Emoticons" page: http://www.apimac.com/emoticons/index.php

    2) An application that allows you to save and restore text snippets via shortcuts. I use TextExpander by Smile Software (no affiliation, but I have a number of their products and find them to work well), which runs in the background and is available to interpret keystrokes always. There are also others on the market you may prefer. But for the rest of this how-to, I will be using TextExpander (TE) as my example:

    - in TE, create a new Group and call it "Emoticons"

    - in "Emoticons", add a New Snippet, Content "Formatted, Text, Pictures"

    - Choose an emoticon from the Apimac page (static or animated), Control-click on it, choose "Copy Image" and in TE, Control-click and "Paste" the content. If the emoticon was animated, you should see the action in TE.

    - in TE, assign a "Label" and importantly, an Abbreviation (shortcut). If your emoticon was " ", e.g., then your Abbreviation could be ":)"

    - Continue this process in TE, creating more snippets and associated Abbreviations until you tire.

    3) That's it!  Now when creating a new Apple Mail message, typing any of your abbreviations in the text field (followed by your defined TE delimiter) will result in the graphic emoticon (either static or animated) taking the shortcut's place.

     

    Happy emoting!

  • OMGirl1998 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 5:54 PM (in response to RBL)

    Dont listen to any of these. There rather confusing and too hard. Its very simple what you do.

    Go to the top of your screen and click Edit on the Top Toolbar. Then at the bottom of the list that comes down it will say "Special Charecters" and click that and all the Emoticons you could ever think up are right there.

  • sbeckas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:52 PM (in response to OMGirl1998)

    Perfect-what a time saver

  • dianefromwebster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to OMGirl1998)

    OMGirl!!! Good name for you!!! Thank you so much - I am a happy camper now!!!

     

    Diane from Webster

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,880 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to OMGirl1998)

    OMGirl1998 wrote:

     

    Go to the top of your screen and click Edit on the Top Toolbar. Then at the bottom of the list that comes down it will say "Special Charecters" and click that and all the Emoticons you could ever think up are right there.

    There are a few emoticons there, under "Miscellaneous symbols". Lion has a much more extensive set of true emoticons.

     

    Also, in System Preferences > Language & Text > Text, you can define your own mappings for text => emoticons. Then, in Mail, enable Text Substitutions under Edit > Substitutions

  • vj1969 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 5:01 AM (in response to OMGirl1998)

    Hi OMGirl, please can you help me little here. Can you step me through this for an iPad?

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,880 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to vj1969)

    Settings > General > Keyboard > International > Add new keyboard > Emoji

     

    Then, click the "world" key on the keyboard to switch to Emoji.

     

    PS: Such questions belong in the iPad forum

  • cmaulini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to RBL)

    There is a plugin to put "graphic" emoticons in your messages (JPG, PNG, animated GIF, etc.).

    It's available here: http://www.maulidev.com/emoticons/overview

    I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link

     

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