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, and the dashboard welcome message.

Insert symbols and special characters

  1. Edit the page (if you're viewing the page, press E on your keyboard)
  2. Choose Insert > Symbol
  3. Choose a symbol to insert it

Screenshot : Available symbols

On this page:

Related pages:

Insert 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. The below 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)























Prevent 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 Edit Your User Settings.

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