How To Add Emoticons To Microsoft Teams

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One way to make your conversations more enjoyable and individualized on Microsoft Teams is by using emoticons. As someone who frequently uses Microsoft Teams, I have noticed that incorporating emoticons can elevate the overall communication experience. This article will provide step-by-step instructions for how to add emoticons to Microsoft Teams and also share some of my preferred choices.

Step 1: Open the Emoticon Picker

To add an emoticon to your message in Microsoft Teams, start by typing your message in the chat box. Once you’ve entered your text, click on the smiley face icon located at the bottom of the chat box. This will open the emoticon picker, where you can choose from a wide variety of emoticons and emojis to express yourself.

Step 2: Browse and Select Emoticons

Once the emoticon picker is open, you’ll see a collection of emoticons and emojis. You can scroll through the categories on the left side, such as “Smileys & People,” “Animals & Nature,” “Food & Drink,” and more, to find the perfect emoticon for your message. Hover over an emoticon to see a larger preview, and click on it to select it.

Personally, I love using the “Thumbs Up” emoticon to show my agreement or support in a conversation. It’s a simple way to acknowledge someone’s statement without having to type a lengthy response.

Step 3: Customize Emoticons

If you want to add a personal touch to your emoticons, Microsoft Teams allows you to customize them. After selecting an emoticon from the picker, you’ll see a menu with different variations of that emoticon. You can choose a different skin tone, gender, or even add accessories like glasses or hats to make it truly unique.

Personally, I enjoy customizing the “Smiling Face with Sunglasses” emoticon by adding different accessories based on my mood or the context of the conversation. It’s a small detail, but it adds a touch of fun to the conversation.

Step 4: Send Your Message

Once you’re happy with the emoticon you’ve selected or customized, simply click on it to insert it into your message. You can then continue typing any additional text or add more emoticons if desired. When you’re ready, hit the Enter key or click on the send button to share your message with the emoticon in Microsoft Teams.


Adding emoticons to Microsoft Teams is a simple and enjoyable way to add personal touches to your conversations. The wide variety of emoticons and the ability to customize them allows you to express yourself in a fun and creative way. So go ahead and start adding some emoticons to your messages in Microsoft Teams – it’s sure to put a smile on your face and make your conversations more engaging!