How To Type Emoji On Windows 10

Text just doesn’t cut it anymore in today’s connected world. In casual conversations around the Web, Emoji have become prolific to the point where one is more or less expected to end every casual textual conversation with at least one of these delightful little digital substitutes for emotion.

If you too now find yourself on board with the growing emoji trend, you might have found your PC lacking the kind of easy access to them that is commonplace on mobile platforms. Well, if you’re on the any version of Windows 10 newer than 2017’s Fall Creator’s Update, that doesn’t have to be the case. There is a way to have quick and easy access to the entire palette of Unicode characters and six different skin tones built right into Windows 10 and accessible from anywhere within the operating system with a couple keystrokes.

Here’s how it works.

1. While typing in any document or text field, press the Windows and ‘.’ (period) keys together to bring up the emoji keyboard right at the cursor as shown in the screenshot above.

2. You can now use your mouse or trackpad to pick look for and pick the emoji you are looking for, or if you’d prefer not to lift your hands off the keyboard, simply enter the name of your emoji and the keyboard will display the closest matches.

3. Use the arrow keys to switch between the displayed search results or change Skin tone and hit Enter to type the highlighted emoji. You can now continue to search for and add more emoji.

Note: Switching the position of the cursor does not close the emoji keyboard but deleting or backspacing over a character or emoji will.

4. When you’re done, hit the Esc key to dismiss the emoji keyboard.

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Sameed Khan

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