How to Insert Graphical Smileys in Yahoo Mail Messages

Emoticons and stationery liven up your emails

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:

  1. Select Compose at the top of the email screen to open a new email.

    The Yahoo Mail inbox.
  2. Enter the text of your outgoing email.

    Composing an email in Yahoo Mail.
  3. Position the cursor wherever you want an emoticon to appear.

    An insertion point in Yahoo Mail.
  4. Select the Insert emojis option in the formatting toolbar at the bottom of the email. It looks like a smiley face.

    The Insert emojis option in Yahoo Mail.
  5. Select one of the emojis to insert it in your message.

    The insert emojis menu in Yahoo Mail.

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.

Additional options in the formatting toolbar in Yahoo Mail.

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.