Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Insert Graphical Smileys in Yahoo Mail Messages Emoticons and stationery liven up your emails by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on September 26, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Yahoo Mail provides a series of graphical smileys called emoticons in its formatting toolbar. Use them inline in your outgoing emails to attract attention and appear friendly or express another emotion. By default, your Yahoo Mail uses the rich text editor that makes graphical smileys possible. If you switch your email to plain text, your emoticons disappear from the formatting toolbar. Insert Graphical Smileys in Yahoo Mail Messages To insert emoticons in your messages in Yahoo Mail: Select Compose at the top of the email screen to open a new email. Enter the text of your outgoing email. Position the cursor wherever you want an emoticon to appear. Select the Insert emojis option in the formatting toolbar at the bottom of the email. It looks like a smiley face. Select one of the emojis to insert it in your message. If the recipient's email client does not support HTML emails, the emoticons won't display. Additional Uses for the Formatting Toolbar You can use the formatting toolbar in other ways to change the appearance of your outgoing messages. You can use it to change part of the text to Bold or Italic type or apply a color to the text. You can use it to insert a list format, add an indention, or adjust the text's alignment on the screen. You can also insert links and graphics using the toolbar. If you like graphic emoticons, try out the stationery capabilities of Yahoo Mail, also located in the formatting toolbar. These large graphics are seasonal, birthday, and other background graphics that liven up an email. Just select the icon that looks like a card with a heart on it in the formatting toolbar and scroll through the thumbnails of the available images. To see how one works with your message, select it to apply the stationery.