How To Disable The Smiles and Emoticons In Facebook Comment Replies

October 12, 2012 · 18 comments

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How To Disable The Smiles and Emoticons In Facebook Comment Replies

One Simple Little Tweak

Last night, Facebook made a change that enabled the emoticons (smilies) that formerly only worked in chat and private messages, to function in the comment replies. 

Smilies not your cup of tea? 

Fortunately, you can disable the emoticons with a simple little copy-paste. 

First, you’re going to need to grab FBPurity.  You’ve likely got a copy of it already since I talk about it so often. It’s free and it’s awesome and it makes Facebook so much better. 

FBPurity Custom CSS text box

Then, simply copy paste this code into the custom CSS option. 

/* revert smiley icons to text in posts and comments*/
.emote_img {display:none} .emote_text {display:inline} 

Hit Save to save your changes and voila!

No more annoying smilies in Facebook comments for you ;)

Blocking the smilies is pretty darn easy and might be a useful way to survive the next few days as many of us spam them like kids in a candy store LOL

~ Kim ~
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PS: You’d be amazed at all the things about Facebook you can fix with FBPurity. If you’ve been putting it off, the fact that it can help minimize the political chatter (by blocking political terms) might be a great incentive to give it a go. 

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Clare October 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hi Kim,
Once again, I learn about another tool through you – off to try out FBPurity right now. Thanks so much for sharing a tool that will enable me to stop the political chatter – can’t wait for that to be over. My mind is running with other conversations I can’t wait to see the end of – “learn how to earn millions in a matter of days” – LOL!!!

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Kim Castleberry October 13, 2012 at 5:29 am

Clare, you’re going to love FBPurity! I’ve been using it for over 2 years and, with the exception of the few times Facebook has made it not work, it’s always taken very good care of me. The developer over there is a gem and the good things it does for my newsfeed are awesome. Pretty much anything you want hidden (other than words in images, which it can not read) can be made to vanish! You’ll see once you get into the option panel that you have all sorts of control over what you do or don’t want to see. Enjoy and let me know how you like it!


Sadie-Michaela Harris October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hello Kim,

Thanks for the heads up on both counts! I hadn’t heard that Facebook had enabled this and I didn’t realise that the smiling faces annoyed people. Oooh la la there is so much to this online etiquette … some people might be disappointed that they couldn’t smile. In written form some things can sound harsh I think the smiling faces can soften that. Great info as always Kim, thanks…

Ps do they annoy you?


Raina October 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

I just noticed the new update when I logged in this morning. I had wondered before why the icons would show up in messages but not comments. It’s still too new for me to pass judgement, but should I decide I’m anti-smiley I will definitely use this. Thanks! :)


Alice October 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

Kim you are always on top of things.

I haven’t noticed the smiles yet :)

As long as they are not over used they will not bother me.

For now I will leave it alone…but I will keep this information in mind if I feel the need to block those cute smiles in the future.



Leslie Denning October 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

At the present time, I love the smilies, but if I ever decide I don’t want to have them, I know where to come. You blog is such a smorgasboard of internet information. When I’ve got a question, I need to get in the habit of coming here first. Thanks so much.
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Carolyn October 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I’m a big fans of emoticons, they often can convey emotions more accurately than words. But if they’re overused they can become annoying. (I won’t demonstrate here.)

It’s good to know this tool exists if that happens or if I want to weed out certain kinds of posts. Very handy app!
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Jessica vanZyl October 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hi Kim,
That’s great thank you for that I’ll definitely be looking into the FBPurity to see what else it can do for me =)

Thank you

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Holly October 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Actually I like the smilies!! For now!! But I will definitely be checking out the FB Purity! Thanks for the great info… Now I need to make the time to learn about it!!
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Bhushan October 13, 2012 at 3:39 am

I like the smilies because It can tell the emotions of ones on a particular time but i want to make changes there then this info can work good there.all this process has come in my mind.
Thanks for this apps.


Jens P. Berget October 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

I had no idea that it was possible to add emoticons to the comments. I haven’t seen any so far. I actually enjoy emoticons if there are not too many of them. So, I’ll wait until I add the code :)

I still haven’t used FBPurity, but I’m going to take a closer look at it now. Thank.


aayna October 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

I personally like smiles and the related emoticons, so never felt the need of exploring ways to remove them. But if one fine day, I started hating them, will surely make use of the method mentioned in the post. Thanks for the share.


Patricia Gozlan October 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for sharing this tip Kim.
I have tried to use the smilies in my wp site and could not find it long time ago.
On FB I hardly use it but it is good to know this options exists.
Thanks again for this super tip,
best wishes.


Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The smiles do get a little tiresome after a while. Thanks


Angelo Elevado January 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

The code above no longer works in disabling the emoticons graphics. You’ll also need to add “.-cx-PRIVATE-fbEmoji__icon {display:none}” to make it work.

So the overall code you need to enter is:
“.emoticon {display:none} .emoticon_text {display:inline} .-cx-PRIVATE-fbEmoji__icon {display:none}”


Kim Castleberry January 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Thank you Angelo, appreciate the code update!


Carl July 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

You don’t have to install any new tool like FBPurity If you already have Stylish or sth like this. (Stylish enables in your browser the use of your own CSS styles which are for restyling many websites in your desired way, for repainting the whole web just like you want to see it. Even hiding ads.) Look here: there are styles for removing emoticons from chat, comments and posts.


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