Make a simple smiling face emoticon by typing a colon to represent the eyes, followed by a minus sign to represent the nose and finally a close parenthesis to represent the mouth. Some programs also support alt code smiley faces, made by holding down the Alt key and pressing 1.
There are several variations on the basic smiling emoticon. For example, it is possible to use an equals sign instead of a colon for eyes, or a capital "D" instead of a close parentheses for the mouth. Another variation involves using an underscore for a mouth and two carrots for eyes to create a horizontal emoticon.