I've just found the special characters menu on my computer; it's been there quite awhile, but I didn't know it was there. That may have been a good thing, as I'm sure to annoy people by using it for awhile.
So, now I can type things like this: ♥ or this: ☺
or this: ✄
or this: ✐
There are quite a few new toys for me to play with.