How to Type a Smiley With a Mustache


Emoticons let you send fun facial expressions in an email or cell phone text message. Some basic emoticons are easy to figure out, but a mustache isn't as intuitive. It's hard to glance at your keyboard and imagine which character could possibly simulate a mustache on a smiley emoticon. With a little creative typing, you have a couple options for smiley face mustaches.

  • Type your smiley face's eyes as usual, inserting a “:” symbol. This symbol, called a colon, is inserted by holding the “Shift” key and pressing on the key directly to the right of the “L.” Some users prefer the “=” sign for larger eyes instead.

  • Hold the “Shift” key and type a “{“ bracket symbol. This bracket is located to the right of the “P” key. If you want a bushier mustache, insert the “-” symbol for the smiley's nose, and “#” for the mustache.

  • Hold the “Shift” key and press the “9” key. This inserts a standard parenthetical smile. Use an uppercase “D” if you want a larger smile for your emoticon. With the addition of the smile, your mustached smiley face is complete.


  • “101 Things to Do With Your Computer”; Gillian Doherty, et al.; 1998
  • Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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