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Access the iChat emoticons menu via the keyboard Apps
This is a simple hint for accessing the iChat emoticons menu from the keyboard while iChatting. While typing a message, hit the Tab key until the grey smiley face in the text input area has a blue halo around it. Hit the Space bar, and the emoticon menu will drop down, just as if you'd clicked it. The arrow keys then let you drive around the drop-down menu and Return selects the highlighted emoticon. Hit Escape to exit the menu if you decide against using one.

Handy for those types that hate leaving the keyboard and can't remember the ascii for each emoticon.

[robg adds: Note that you must enable Full Keyboard Access on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard & Mouse pane in System Preferences in order for this to work.]
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Authored by: gourls on Sep 17, '04 06:14:00PM

Dat's just awesome, man. Who doesn't love smileys? :)

if you must speak, speak of topics that may never be discussed again........... ....cheers, gourls

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Access the iChat emoticons menu via the keyboard
Authored by: jiga on Sep 18, '04 06:58:02PM

Uhm, if you don't wanna leave the keyboard, why don't you just enter ": - )"?

They automatically get translated as real smilies at then end. I mean, this popup menu has been created for people that can't remember complicated key sequences. The submitter obviously likes complicated these sequences, so it would be much easier to just type a smilie outright, right?

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