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How do you disable emoticons Site or space wide in Confluence?

I understand that i can disable auto formatting in the editor settings which will disable them and that's all good. Having said that, when I import a word document with characters that relate to emoticons it automatically converts them. e.g. If my document has :D it displays the smiley emoticon etc) Is there any way to turn this off? Thanks

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Hello Aaron and welcome to the Community!

Thanks for reaching out to Community to find a way to disable your emoticons within Confluence. There have been multiple feature requests to allow for administration to control this at a server level, all have been marked as won’t fix or a workaround (which is disable autocomplete within your profile) has been offered. You may find the list of requests here: Jira.Atlassian.Com | disable emoticons.

 The short answer is you won’t be able to disable the emojis within Confluence on a site or space level. You can disable autocomplete within your profile to prevent emojis from being created.

Stephen Sifers

Thanks Stephen.

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Yet another case of Atlassian not listening....


I am trying to produce professional documents to a government client and i get a sunglasses smiley slipping in... and yet every one of my users has to do this themselves and our management team has to manually check for emoji's in outputs... Thanks Atlassian  (can I have a sarcasm font if i cant have this?)


Oh and the workaround costs you triggers for links, images and @ mentions...... So i can get rid of emojis if i neuter the rest of Confluences abilities??? And i now have to mouse click for these? Efficient wot?


Geez.... i wish i could care so little about my customers as you do yours. 

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