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Are you using Gmail’s new compose Gmail's New Compose Cleans Up Clutter, Enables Multitasking Gmail's New Compose Cleans Up Clutter, Enables Multitasking Gmail's new compose mode is simple, it's clean, and it's a great sign that Google isn't done improving Gmail yet. Back in July Google acquired Sparrow, a brilliant email client for Mac and iOS users.... Read More ? 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

  1. KT
    December 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    The problem I'm experiencing is that it takes ages for any of the emotives to load! The smaller selection loaded instantly. The slowness is frustrating.

  2. Dee Dee Crowe
    July 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

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

  3. Dee Dee Crowe
    July 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    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

  4. Edd Etter
    February 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

    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. ;-)

  5. Kathy Hayes
    February 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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

  6. Praveen Kumar Singh
    February 13, 2013 at 5:47 am

    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
      February 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      They did, on Google+. :)

      • Praveen Kumar Singh
        February 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

        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
          February 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

          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
          February 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

          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!

  7. Pamela
    February 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    if you go to settings -> labs you can enable all these extra emojies to be available on the old compose screen. They have been there for ages!

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      That's true, thanks!

  8. Josh
    February 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    1337 Emoticons exactly.. please correct this at post!!!

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Josh, I might have miscounted by one row, but to be honest, I don't think it makes much of a difference whether it's 1324 or 1337. :) It's a lot either way!

      • Josh
        February 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

        Absolutely.. Google may roll out some emoticon's later, who knows still i can see some space reserved at the end of emoticon's list :P

  9. Trevor
    February 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Instead of busying yourself with learning emoticons, learn the human language. Too sad it is not a priority for the modern generation. "Hamlet" written in emoticons, anyone? I don't think so...

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      That could be a challenge!

  10. Ron Lister
    February 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Ohhhh Noes! More emoticons.

  11. Jeffrey Zabala
    February 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This is definitely good news though saddening at the same time. Wish they would add these to Android (I know Jelly Bean has more than previous versions) and Gtalk. Either way it's nice to see we have more emoticons to play around with.

    • Jeffrey Zabala
      February 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hmm just check and the animated emoticons display in my Gmail app on Android though the animation itself does not.

  12. Scott Macmillan
    February 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I can't see needing so many of these.I don't think I will be using them.Still,if people want to use them its fine with me.

  13. Jacques Knipe
    February 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I never know which emoticon to use in what situation, never gotten the hang of it. For example I'll use a laughing face if I want to tell someone how sorry I am.

  14. Diane Elhard
    February 10, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Nice! I love using those cute little things, especially when writing my children and grandchildren.

    Now if Gmail will please get a stationary option!

  15. Rama moorthy
    February 10, 2013 at 4:46 am

    very cool cons :P

  16. ion popa
    February 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I wonder how many people need such a huge collection of emoticons...

    • Edd Etter
      February 16, 2013 at 6:27 am

      In my opinion, none of us likely need all of them, but all of us will likely use some of them. To put it another way, no one of us need all of them, but all of us need all of them! : )

  17. Kyle Hennig
    February 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    In total there were exactly 1337 (leet) emoticons. I counted 13 per row, multiplied it by the amount of full rows, plus any extra that don't form a whole row, making the following expression:


    • Yaara Lancet
      February 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

      That's exactly what I did, and I got 1324. :) Funny, we now have three different numbers, which one is right?

      • Kyle Hennig
        February 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        That is quite funny. We're thirteen emoticons (one row) off from each other. In the end what matters most is that we now have over 1300 emoticons to use with Gmail.

        • Yaara Lancet
          February 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          I might have missed a row while counting, who knows. Either way, there's more than enough, like you said. :)

  18. Scott
    February 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I love using smileys in emails to friends and family, so the wealth of emoticon options available now is great. BUT -- I don't like Gmail's new compose window/screen. I much prefer the old. So now I have a choice to make. Old compose or new compose with more emoticons.

    Grrrrrr..... decisions, decisions......

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 10, 2013 at 5:57 am

      In my experience you get used to it. At first it's weird and different, and there are some aspects that are better in the old interface, but all in all the new compose it pretty handy, especially if you want to look up something in your emails while composing, which happens to me all the time.

      I say switch, hold it for a week. If you still hate it, go back and forget the emoticons. If you get used to it and learn to like it, great! At some point Gmail will force the new compose, I believe. Might as well be prepared. :)

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