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How to write emojis in Windows 10 and macOS

25 mayo, 2021

We have been making them part of our day to day, since MSN Messenger, and in a more modern way WhatsApp, emoji became fashionable. However, on the desktop, they remain either great strangers, or difficult invocation if the corresponding shortcuts are not known.

Let’s look at the different ways to write emojis in Windows 10 and macOS, which solve the matter much easier than the typical emoji search on Emojipedia or Google.

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Emojis in Windows 10

Microsoft’s system allows you to display an emoji picker that works with a floating window that appears like a virtual keyboard. Invoking it is simple, and it only requires pressing the combination of the Windows key and period (Windows +.).

Windows Emoji Keyboard

Once entered, the panel will appear sorted by categories, as in smartphones. The system allows, as in the mobile, to change the skin tone of the chosen emoji, so that no race or ethnic group is left out of the choice.

Dark Theme This is what the emoji selector of the Windows 10 dark theme looks like.

To avoid the headache of finding a certain emoji, Windows 10 has search engine in emoji selector, located on your left. Entering keywords like “frog” or “Spain” should bring up the equivalent emoji.

Emojis on macOS


In macOS, for many years, the possibility of invoking the keyboard of emojis has been included in a similar way to what we have seen in Windows. The difference is that instead of exclusively appearing an emoji keyboard, a selector appears that can be reached individually, but in essence it is part of the “Character Viewer” of the system, where many symbols of different kinds can be consulted.


To invoke it, it is necessary to press the combination Control-Command-Spacebar (Ctrl-CMD-Space). The reduced version of the viewer will appear containing only the emojis, the part that interests us. The behavior, by default, the selector only lets you enter one of the emoji in the list, and then it will close. However, if it is accessed from the Character Viewer we can enter all the emojis in a row that we want.

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From the viewer we can choose favorites, which regardless of how often they are used, will always be available. As in Windows, in macOS they can also be searched by name, since they have a label assigned.