Facebook users often see the heart symbol “?” on status updates and want to know how to apply it to their own updates. The process is simple and can be accomplished in three ways:
Direct Input into Facebook
The fastest way to enter the heart character on Facebook is to use the less than three method. Users should place “<3” wherever they want a heart to appear on their status. For example, if a user wants to say “I ? this song” they should type “I <3 this song”.
Alt Code Input
Another option is using the Alt code. Hold down the “Alt” key and press the numbers that correspond with the symbol needed.
Note: The “Number Lock” must be enabled on the keyboard for the Alt codes to work.
To make the “?” symbol with the Alt codes, hold down the “Alt” key and press the number 3 on the numerical keypad once, then release the “Alt” key. This will create the heart symbol wherever the text cursor is located.
Someone that wants to say “I ? waffles” would need to type this in “I (Alt+3) waffles”.
Note: Not all characters placed on Facebook this way will appear.
Copying and Pasting from Windows Character Map
The Character Map is a useful tool that allows Windows users to view available characters for any font installed on their system. Users can open up the character map in two ways:
Run Command – By holding down the “Windows” key (to the left of the alt key) and pressing the letter “R,” the Run window will appear. In the Run window, type in the word “charmap” and hit Enter or click “OK” to open up the Character Map.
Start Menu – Click Start, “All Programs,” “Accessories,” and “System Tools” to find the Character Map program.
Once the Character map is open, scroll down to locate the heart symbol. Double click the symbol or click once then click on “Select” to place it in the writable space. Click “Copy” to copy it to the clipboard.
Simply place the cursor back on the Facebook page (or any other text based application) and right-click and select paste to paste the heart wherever the cursor is.
Someone that wants to say “He ? his wife!” would type in “He” then paste the heart character and continue typing “his wife!”.
Note: Although there are several different symbols available in the Windows Character Map that can be copied this way, some will not show up in Facebook and other text input locations.