Meet the New Facebook Reactions

How to use the new Facebook reactions button

If you've been on Facebook at all Wednesday, you've noticed there are more options for reacting to your friends' posts than the "thumbs up" symbol for like.

Facebook's highly anticipated reactions are here, and this is how to use them.

To access the five new reactions beyond the "like" button, users can hover over the "like" icon under a post as usual.

Six symbols will appear, and you can click on them to react to a post. When you hover over a reaction, a word will appear above it to let you know what the reaction means: "like," "ha ha," "love," "wow," "sad" and "angry."

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Users can change or remove the reaction by clicking it to the left of the comment button until it turns back into a like button. Click it again to remove the reaction completely.

Mobile users can tap and hold the like button and move a finger over the reaction they want to use.

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To change it, users can place a finger over the reaction they chose, which will be to the left of the comment button.

Here's a breakdown of what each symbol means:

Like: The original reaction to a Facebook post. With the new reactions, this just means you're fine with whatever post is shared.

Love: You really, really like a post. Or love it, even.

Haha: A post either made you laugh -- whether it was literally or just in your head -- or you think it's funny in some way.

Wow: You're amazed by this post. It was a cool recipe, viral video, an amazing sunset picture or something similar.

Sad: There's nothing to like about a post that makes you cry. A story about a friend's sick family member or pet warrants this reaction.

Angry: This is the closest that Facebook may get to the highly requested "dislike" button. If a post sparks outrage in you, react with this.

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