Can’t Express Yourself? Google Adds Over 1,000 Emoticons To Gmail’s New Compose [Updates]

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Are you using Gmail’s new compose? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the emoticon icon does nothing but show a “coming soon” message. Not anymore. Google has rolled out over 1,000 emoticons for Gmails’s new compose, which you can add to your emails by clicking the “Insert emoticon” icon or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2.

The complete emoticon collection includes some familiar faces such as Google Talk’s square faces and “secret” animated crab, but if you scroll diligently you’ll find many different types of animated and non-animated faces, food items, animals, weather icons, and pretty much anything you can think of. If you can’t choose just one, holding the Shift button while clicking on emoticons will insert multiple ones into your email.

So how many emoticons are there, exactly? In a lengthy counting project, I counted exactly 1,324 emoticons, which is much more than the mere 150 available on the old compose. To be fair, TheNextWeb counted 1,287 emoticons in total, so according to them there are 37 less icons to enjoy, but no matter how you look at it, this is a huge collection.

If you’re using Google Apps, or if Google’s decided so for some reason, you might not see the emoticons yet. If you still see the “Coming soon” message when hovering over the smiley icon, don’t despair, Gmail’s emoticons will find their way to your account soon enough. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a way to disable emoticons in emails, but do let us know if you find one.

Is this good news or bad news for you? Will be using all these new emoticons in your emails, or are you dreading the emails you’re about to receive from now on?

Source: Google+ via TheNextWeb

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Comments (31)
  • Dee Dee Crowe

    And NO I can NOT got to settings, and select LABS – there is NOTHING there for emojis – nothing at all!

  • Dee Dee Crowe

    I HAD all these emojis and all of a sudden they all disappeared to be replaced by fat ones that are a FRACTION of what I used to have.
    CAN ANYONE PLEASE tell me how to get my emoticons back? I’m LOST WITHOUT THEM!!!!
    :( dee dee

  • Edd Etter

    After a not too laborious but very careful count, i have exactly 1,337 emoticons available from Gmail. A significant number, as i see it, for more than its sheer size. ;-)

  • Kathy Hayes

    Definitely going to use them and i had them for a day but now they are gone. Go figure

  • Praveen Kumar Singh

    Finally I can use emoticons !! But I think that Google could have released a few smileys in the first place and kept adding on later taking user feed-backs into consideration! Thanks Yaara Lancet (for the info)..

    Still i wonder why Gmail didn’t care to notify the users that the emoticons have been released and are ready to be used???!

    • Yaara Lancet

      They did, on Google+. :)

    • Praveen Kumar Singh

      ya …but many Gmail users still haven’t upgraded to Google+… Of those who have upgraded to G+ are not much active :( !….In my Opinion an e-mail notification would have been much better option (until Google+ surpasses Facebook in number of active users ..)

    • Yaara Lancet

      If Google started emailing all of us every time they updated Gmail or other services, our inboxes would become clogged with announcements. :)

      If you want to keep up, just follow a news blog or some of Google’s own blogs, you won’t miss anything this way.

    • dragonmouth

      Not everyone is gaa gaa over Google offerings. I use the latest version of Firefox and do not appreciate the fact that when I try to use many of Google’s features, I am snidely told that I “should upgrade to a modern browser – Chrome”. Pox on that.

      Most of the “upgrades” to Google are eye candy and glitz rather than improvements in function. Fifteen years ago WorldNet from AT&T allowed users to sort their e-mails by column headings. GMail still does not have that feature. GMail doesn’t even HAVE column headings.

      Posting news of “updates” on Google+ is a strong arm attempt to force users to sign up for it. I got two words for them – NOT TODAY!

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