Using Symbols, Emoticons and Special Characters

You can add various symbols and special characters to Confluence pages. You can also use them in other places that display content, such as blog posts, comments, the dashboard welcome message and the configuration panels offered by the Documentation theme.

Inserting symbols and special characters

To add a symbol to your page:

  1. Edit the page.
  2. Choose Insert > Ω Symbol. This will display the 'Insert Custom Character' window.
  3. Choose a symbol to insert it.

Screenshot : Available symbols

Inserting emoticons

There are two ways to add an emoticon, or smiley, to your page.

By choosing an emoticon from those available:

  1. Choose Insert > Emoticon.
  2. Choose an emoticon to insert it.

By typing a character combination:
You can insert emoticons by typing commonly-used character combinations. For example, the following code appears as an emoticon when the page is rendered.


The above example creates this emoticon: (wink)

This table shows the emoticons (and other icons) available in Confluence, and the character combinations that create them:





(big grin)


(thumbs up)

(thumbs down)









(grey lightbulb)


(red star)

(green star)

(blue star)


(heart) (broken heart)























<3 </3

Preventing emoticons from appearing

To undo the conversion of a character combination into an emoticon, press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Cmd+Z (Mac).

To prevent Confluence from converting text to emoticons automatically, disable 'Autoformatting' in your user profile. See Editing User Settings.

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