Office 2016 Outlook and Word autocorrect emojis

When users type :) or :-) in Word 2016 and Outlook 2016, autocorrect converts the string into the color, smiley-face emoji. The programs convert the string to the 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.

Note: 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, you might need to turn on the Replace text as you type option under AutoCorrect Options on the Proofing tab of the Options dialog box (File tab).

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

Type this

Color emoji



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


Black and white smiley face emoji


:-| or :|

Ho hum face

Check mark

Check mark


Black and white ho hum face emoji


:-( or :(

Sad face emoji

Check mark

Check mark


Black and white sad face emoji


:-D or :D

Toothy grin emoji

Check mark


:-p or :p

Yuck face emoji

Check mark


:-o or :o

Wow face emoji

Check mark


;-) or ;)

Wink face emoji

Check mark

Check mark



Heart emoji

Check mark



Broken heart emoji

Check mark


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