Modified 07 March 2017 by Ian Weatherhogg

Quickly insert emoticons and emojis using these keyboard shortcuts

If you like using emoticons and emojis - or smiley faces for those of us born before 1990 - to liven up your hangout conversations, then this tip will allow you to quickly insert them using keyboard shortcuts. So next time you're sharing good news, just insert ":D" which will give you a grinning face, or go mad with "=D" which will give you a smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes.

And there's a lot more - take a look at the most popular Google Hangouts emoji keyboard shortcuts above.