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How To Use Emoji Keyboard On Mac

Emoji Keyboard on Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to use Emoji Keyboard on Mac? Did you know what is emoji? Well, Emoji are the small pictures used on tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices to convey feelings such as emotions, happiness, sadness, etc. Also, it represents a symbol or objects more clearly than a text statement.

Basically, Emoji is the text-based or picture-like emoticons that users created and add in e-mails and early text messages. Also, the user creates emoticons from the text. Well, they are the standardized picture characters. They are built into smartphones and PC OS for use in text messaging. Not just this but also Facebook posts and other social networking sites, conversations in Skype, Snapchat and other messaging apps, and much more.

Emoji Shortcuts:

Here is some Emoji Shortcuts that you can manually insert it:

Name Keyboard Shortcut
Smile 🙂
Frown 🙁
Tongue 😛
Grin 😀
Gasp :O
Wink 😉
Glasses B-)
Sunglasses B|
Grumpy >:(
Unsure :/
Cry :'(
Devil 3:)
Angel O:)
Kiss :*
Heart <3
KiKi ^_^
Squint -_-
Confused O.o
Confused Reverse o.O
Upset >:O
Pacman :v
Colon Three :3

The good thing is you can also use these in Mac. However, the fact might come as a surprise to some Mac users. Also, it’s not obvious how to access them in macOS, but actually it’s very easy, as the following steps show.

How to Access Emoji On Mac:

Follow the steps to use Emoji on Mac:

Step 1:

Tap the text field in which you want to add an emoji, such as social media posts or an email subject.

Step 2:

Hit the keyboard shortcut Command-Control-Space to bring up the emoji picker.

Step 3:

Double-tap the emoji that you like to use. Also, it will be added where your pointer is. If you don’t view the one you want, simply use the search field to input an object, face, or action description.

Emoji categories also include Food & Drink, Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Activity, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags. Some of them are given below:


How to Add the Emoji Picker to Your Mac’s Menu Bar:

For a frequent emoji user, you can make things quite simpler after adding the emoji picker to the menu bar located at the top of your Mac’s screen.

Step 1:

Tap the Apple symbol located in the top-left corner of your screen.

Step 2:

Tap System Preferences…

Step 3:

Tap Keyboard.

Step 4:

Mark the box located next to Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar.

Step 5:

At last, Close System Preferences.

Then you’ll find the keyboard or emoji viewer icon in the top-right corner of the menu bar.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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