Autocorrect emojis in documents and email

When you type :) or :-) in Word or Outlook, autocorrect converts the characters to the color, smiley-face emoji Smiley face emoji (Segoe UI Unicode character 1F60A).

In earlier versions of Office (and in Windows 7), autocorrect converted that string to the Wingdings character F04A, which is black-and-white.

If your punctuation changes to a box instead of an emoji, you probably don't have the SegoeUI Emoji font installed. The font is included with Windows 8 and later, so you could run the System File Checker tool to repair any missing or damaged system files.

If the punctuation doesn't change to anything at all, follow these steps:

  1. Go to File > Options > Proofing.

  2. Select AutoCorrect Options and then select Replace text as you type.

  1. Go to File > Options > Mail.

  2. Select Editor Options> Proofing.

  3. Select AutoCorrect Options and then select Replace text as you type.

Tip: Ctrl+Z will undo the autocorrection as you type. To entirely stop converting punctuation to an emoji, switch off autocorrect for the punctuation: Follow the steps to get to AutoCorrect Options, and then type the punctuation in the Replace box. With the autocorrect entry highlighted in the list, choose Delete.

Stop changing punctuation to emojis

As you type, pressing Ctrl+Z will undo the autocorrection.

To entirely stop converting punctuation to an emoji, switch off autocorrect for the punctuation:

  1. Follow the steps in Word or Outlook to get to AutoCorrect Options.

  2. In the Replace box, type the punctuation.

  3. With the autocorrect entry highlighted in the list, choose Delete.

Font details

Here is a table that shows how autocorrect converts to emojis in Word and Outlook, including legacy behavior:

Type this

Color emoji

Outlook

Word

Unicode (rendering in Segoe UI Emoji font)

Legacy black and white emoji

Unicode (rendering in Wingdings font)

:-) or :)

Smiley face emoji

Check mark

Check mark

1F60A

Black and white smiley face emoji

F04A

:-| or :|

Ho hum face

Check mark

Check mark

1F610

Black and white ho hum face emoji

F04B

:-( or :(

Sad face emoji

Check mark

Check mark

2639

Black and white sad face emoji

F04B

:-D or :D

Toothy grin emoji

Check mark

1F603

:-p or :p

Yuck face emoji

Check mark

1F61D

:-o or :o

Wow face emoji

Check mark

1F632

;-) or ;)

Wink face emoji

Check mark

Check mark

1F609

<3

Heart emoji

Check mark

2764

</3

Broken heart emoji

Check mark

1F494

See also

Add flair to your email with emojis 

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