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How to Make Pictures Using Keyboard Keys

Three Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to create basic images using your computer's keyboard and a text editor such as Notepad. Keyboard art is a great way to create simple art which can be copied and pasted into comment boxes, messages, and so on. If you're interested in creating more advanced text art, you'll want to try using an ASCII editor instead.

Steps

Creating Keyboard Art

  1. Open a text editor.When creating keyboard art, you'll typically use a plaintext editor, such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac), instead of a more complex editor like Microsoft Word or Pages:
    • Windows— OpenStart , type innotepad, and clickNotepadat the top of the Start window.
    • Mac— OpenSpotlight , type intextedit, and double-clickTextEditat the top of the search results.
  2. Determine what you want to make a picture of.Before you start typing random letters and symbols into your text editor, consider the subject you want to create.
    • Even just knowing the outline shape of the subject should be enough to get you started.
    • Having a rough sketch of your subject may help you envision better the shapes you'll need to use.
  3. Start from the top of your subject.It may be tempting to attempt to create the outline for your shape and then fill it in, but creating keyboard art is much easier when you go line-by-line.
    • For example, if you're creating a cat face, you'll want to start with the ears.
  4. Experiment with different keyboard combinations.Certain keys may look like obvious choices for your keyboard art, but using different keys, lowercase letters, and combinations of symbols may achieve better results.
    • For a cat's ears, for example, your first instinct might be to use the carrot (^) key for the ears; however, using a slash (/) next to a back slash (\) will create a larger, more "ear-like" shape (/\).
  5. Adjust each line's spacing as needed.As your keyboard art begins to take shape, you may need to go back and change a line's spacing to fit a lower layer.
    • For example, you may have to move an entire line forward or backward. You might also need to add an extra space between two characters to extend the line.
  6. Don't feel limited by symmetry.As with any art, your keyboard image's perspective will determine whether or not the image should be symmetrical; often, one side of the image will have more spaces or characters than the other.
  7. Consider using your computer's special symbols.Keyboard keys contain a wide variety of symbols and variations, but you may want to use advanced symbols (e.g., the degree symbol) for an extra layer of detail. Both Windows and Mac computers have dedicated symbol menus:
    • Windows— Character Map. You can open Character Map by typingcharacter mapinto theStartwindow and then clickingCharacter Mapat the top of the window.
    • Mac— Emoji & Symbols. You can open this menu by ensuring that your mouse cursor is in TextEdit, clickingEditat the top of the screen, and clickingEmoji & Symbolsin the drop-down menu.

Creating Common Shapes

  1. Make a bunny.You can create a bunny using basic keyboard symbols:
    (\__/) (='.'=) (\___/) (")_(")
  2. Create an owl.Unlike bunny keyboard art, an owl is defined by straighter lines, so you'll use brackets ([ ]) and the "pipe" keys here:
    ,_, [0,0] |)__) -”-”-
  3. Design a cat.The cat keyboard art template is similar to a bunny:
    /\_/\ (>'.'<) (U U) (")__(")
  4. Make a fish.You'll need to find the degree symbol on your computer in order to create this keyboard art:
    }<((((°>

Sample ASCII Images

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    How can I make a dog with keys of a computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    __ \ ______/ V`-, } / /_)^ --,r' |b |b or /^ ^\ / 0 0 \ V\ Y /V / - \ | \ || (__V What you are looking for is called ASCII art and a simple google search will help.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does ];D have any direct meaning?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It's a type of happy or smiley emoji used mostly on social media sites.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can you please put the amount of spaces needed and the font?
    Community Answer
    It depends on what you are drawing. Font doesn't matter unless you are using cursive font or something. Use Calibri, the most simple font. Otherwise, just make sure that all the letters are the same font, unless it looks better another way.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I make a diamond ring with the keys of the computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    How about this? ===O===
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I make domestic animals like dogs or cats on the keyboard?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This can be a kitty: ^-^
    Thanks!
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  • How do I make a wand using the keyboard?
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  • How can I do a dancing person?
  • How do I make a dab on the keyboard?
  • How do I make a really complicated picture of a Tolkien elf using the text feature on YouTube?
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  • Keyboard art is a handy alternative to images, as many comment boxes (e.g., those found on YouTube) don't support non-text replies.

Warnings

  • Saving your keyboard art as a file other than plaintext (.txt) may cause the art to be formatted, which can ruin the art.

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