You’ve got Emoji – Smilie Characters discovered in a font


Screenshot of all of the special characters
To get these simple but cool emoticons/emoji/smilies or whatever you want to call them you will need the Segoe UI Semibold font that comes with Windows 7 (possibly Vista too?).
In Microsoft Word, click the Insert tab on the ribbon. On the far-right click the Symbol button, followed by the More Symbols option

Make sure the font selected is Segoe UI Semibold and the subset is Extended Characters – Plane 1. From there you will see all of the available faces.

These are very similar to what you get when you send an SMS text message in Windows Phone 7 and are a great find to create metro graphics and icons for your apps

UPDATE

I was checking this on my current PC (Windows 7/Office 2007) and there wasn’t the correct subset in the Segoe UI Semibold character set. I guess it has been updated or downgraded since I did this article.

Fortunately the emoji are still there but now you can find them in the font Segoe UI Symbol/Extended Characters -Plane 1. You may notice these are an exact match (minus the colour) to the emoticons you can add in the new Outlook.com

Screenshot from the Insert Symbol dialog of Word 2007

If you are using Word 2003 I’m not sure if you can get to these characters. To find out on the Insert menu, click Symbol, and then click the Symbols tab. For more details check out the help at Office.com – Insert a symbol or special character

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7 thoughts on “You’ve got Emoji – Smilie Characters discovered in a font

  1. Tried on two different Windows 7 images (32 bit pro & ultimate) boxes, and this plane isn’t on Segoe UI Semibold, but it is there the Windows 8 version. Fall back to Symbola 😓

  2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2729094

    An update for the Segoe UI symbol font in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 is available
    “This article introduces an update to the Segoe UI symbol font in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. This update adds support for emoji characters and some control glyphs that are included in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012.

    Note: Emoji characters come from emoji-capable platforms and devices. The platforms or devices enable users to easily insert emoji characters into documents, email messages, or chat conversations by using an emoji picker feature or an emoji palette feature. In Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, these characters are inserted by using the on-screen keyboard.”

    After this update (didn’t try before it) I found the emoji only in “Segoe UI Symbol” font using BabelMap (Unicode Character Map for Windows), free from
    http://www.babelstone.co.uk/Software/BabelMap.html

    In BabelMap you can choose “Emoticons” from “Select Unicode Block” area or enter 1F601 in “Go to Code Point”.
    The “Character Map” app that is included in Windows can’t display characters above code FFFF.

    1. Are you using Windows 7? I’ve update the post with some instructions but basically on the Insert menu, click Symbol, and then click the Symbols tab.

      It would be great if you could confirm if they appear or not

  3. Do not have extended Extended Characters -Plane 1 despite windows update K2729094 so do not have the symbols on MS Word 2003 Windows 7. Any ideas?

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