Emojis are useful when it comes to expressing our feelings. They represent the perfect representation of how we genuinely feel, yet we can’t, at the moment, find the right words to say it. Thus, emojis have massively grown into popularity and are the current standard for messaging on SMS, social media apps, and instant chat apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.
On mobile devices, emojis are pretty easy to access and use. On the contrary, on PC, the process is not straightforward(unless your keyboard ships with emoji buttons, of course!). Tired of having to use your smartphone every time you need to type an emoji? Here’s a guide on how to type emojis on PC and Mac.
So how do you type emojis on PC? Whether it’s on a Mac, Chromebook, Windows 10, here’s how to type emojis on PC and laptop.
How to type emojis on windows 10
Windows 10 ships with an emoji keyboard at your fingertips. Simply press a keyboard shortcut, and Windows will show you an emoji keyboard that you can use to send emojis across the OS. And there’s also another way, but it doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut. So, there are two ways to access the emoji keyboard in Windows 10. Here’s how;
Method 1: Access Emoji in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut
Using the keyboard shortcut is the easiest way to access emojis on Windows 10.
Step 1. Open any text input field you wish to type an emoji on, like Word, Notepad, etc.
Step 2. Press the Windows key and the period button simultaneously to open the emoji picker. Alternatively, press the WIN keys and the semicolon button at the same time. Both methods will open the built-in emoji picker in Windows 10. In the emoji picker, emojis are divided into different categories, smiley faces and animals, people, food and plants, transportation and places, etc. A simple way to find the emoji of your liking is by searching using the available search icon.
Step 3. Select the emoji you wish to send and tap it.
Method 2: Access Emoji in Windows 10 Using On-Screen Keyboard
If you will quickly forget the keyboard key combinations above, this second method is easier to remember. But it also enables you to type emojis in Windows 10 using a built-in keyboard.
Step 1. Right-click on the taskbar in Windows 10 and select “Show touch keyboard button” from the context menu.
This will add a keyboard icon to the system tray.
Step 2. Click the keyboard icon on the system tray to activate the touch keyboard
Step 3. Once the touch keyboard is activated, it will float on the screen. Click the emoji button next to the space bar to switch from the alphabetical keys to the emoji keys on the keyboard.
Step 4. Select an emoji you want to use
How to type emojis on Mac
On Mac, you can also type emojis. Here’s how to Use emoji and symbols on Mac.
Like in Windows, you can also get emojis on a Mac using a keyboard shortcut.
Method 1: CTRL + CMD + Space
Step 1. Open any text field on your Mac
Step 2. Press Command + Control + Space (simultaneously, and in this order). Thus will launch an emoji keyboard palette that will be displayed near the input text field.
Step 3. Search for the emoji you want to use. Like Windows 10, Android, and iOS, the emoji picker on Mac also gives you a variety of options to choose from. You can scroll down the emoji palette to navigate between different categories. Available emoji categories include People, Nature, Food & Drink, Celebration, Activity, Travel & Places, and Objects & Symbols. If scrolling is tedious, search using the available search box above.
If this method didn’t work, that means you have a different keyboard combination. Check out the following procedure instead.
Method 2: Edit > Emoji & Symbols
Step 1. In any app on your Mac, click the edit button from the top menu bar.
Step 2. Select Emoji & Symbols
This will take you to the Character viewer with emojis available to pick.
Step 3. Search for any emoji using the search button on top. Else browse through the different categories provided.
Step 4. Insert an emoji in a document or text field. To do this, position the insertion point in the document where you want the item to appear, then click the item in the viewer.
Method 3: Using the Touch Bar
If your Mac has a Touch Bar, then it has a shortcut key to access emojis. On top of letting you use familiar gestures— like tap, swipe, or slide—to adjust settings, it has an emoji icon that, when tapped, will reveal different kinds of emojis to choose from.