Symbols, emojis and special characters

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You can add various symbols, emojis 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.

Using Confluence Cloud? Check out our info on how to Use symbols, emojis and special characters in the new editor.

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

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Insert emojis

When you edit a page, there are two ways to add an emoji.

Use the emoji menu

  1. Open the emoji menu in the editor toolbar. Tip: Use the keyboard shortcut  Ctrl+Shift+M (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+M (Mac) to open the emoji menu.
  2. Select an emoji to insert it.

Type the emoji keyboard shortcut

You can type the following character combinations to insert our default emojis.

Emojis must have a character combination associated with them for the autoformatting to work in the editor.

These keyboard shortcuts can be useful when the emoji menu is not available, for example in an inline comment. 

Tip: You can see the keyboard shortcut for an emoji by hovering over it in the emoji menu. Its name and shortcut will appear in the preview panel at the bottom of the emoji menu.

HipChat plugin emojis

If your team has migrated HipChat plugin emojis to Confluence, you will be able to see them in the emoji menu under Uploaded. The keyboard shortcut for an uploaded emoji is its name between two colons ":", for example :name: or :wave:

Learn how to migrate Hipchat emoticons to Confluence Server and Data Center

Prevent emojis from appearing

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

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

Last modified on Jan 5, 2023

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