Already knew? Windows 10 has an emoji shortcut. We’ll show you how to easily add emojis and symbols to texts.
Windows 10: How to use emojis with a hotkey
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In Windows 10 there is an easy way to use emojis in emails and documents. All you have to do is use the keyboard shortcut
“Windows key” + “.”
can be entered. Windows 10 then displays a small window at the point where you are typing, from which you can choose from a variety of emojis. But not only that: You can also use the tab in the window to select so-called Kaomojis (Japanese emoticons) or symbols (such as ℃ or ⁂). If the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work for you, that’s a bad sign: you are using a rather outdated version of Windows. The keyboard shortcut was added to Windows 10 with the 2018 half-year updates, so you should update Windows 10 …
This is how you “conjure up” emojis in your texts
With Windows key +. the window for selecting an emojis opens
The principle is simple: When entering text, press the “Windows key” + “.” (i.e. the key for the point). A small window opens in which you can search specifically for an emoji or simply select a desired emoji with a click. This is then added at the point in the document or mail where the cursor is currently located.
For example, if you want to add a heart emoji to the text, press “Windows key” + “.” and enter “Heart”: All matching emojis are displayed in the window. Don’t let yourself be irritated by the fact that the text also says “heart”. As soon as you select an emoji, “heart” in the text is replaced by the selected emoji. However, this only works in the “Emojis” tab and not in the “Kaomoji” and “Symbols” tabs. Here you simply select the desired entry manually.
Quick access via the lower bar facilitates quick selection
At the bottom of the window there is also a bar that you can use to get to the emojis you want more quickly. You can choose from the entries “Recently used”, “Smiley faces and animals”, “People”, “Celebrations and objects”, “Food and plants”, “Transport and places” and “Symbols” in the “Emojis” tab. In the “Symbols” tab you can access the entries for “Currency symbols”, “Latin symbols”, “Geometric symbols”, “Mathematical symbols”, “Additional symbols” and “Language symbols” more quickly.