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How to use emoji on your Mac

Using emoji to express emotions, ideas, and thoughts are very popular on the iPhone and other mobile devices. A couple of quick taps on the keyboard button and you've got them ready, but did you know you can actually use emoji on your Mac? That's right, you can liter your email, notes, Twitter feed, and anything else you want with emoji on your Mac even though it isn't immediately obvious how to access them. Here' s a quick guide to help you use emoji on your Mac!

How to use emoji on Mac

  1. Position the cursor in any text field you'd like to insert an emoji, like posting a tweet for example.
  2. Hold down the following three keys at the same time: Command+Control+Spacebar. This will bring up the emoji picker.
  3. Click the emoji you'd like to use and it'll be inserted where you left your cursor.

Emoji are divided into several categories: Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink, Activity, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags If you don't want to scroll through all of them, you can use the search field to find emoji you'd like to use. Type in the first few letters of the face, object, or action you'd like to use and it will narrow down your options accordingly.

How to add the emoji picker to the Menu bar

If you always want the emoji picker at your fingertips, you can go into your system preferences and add the emoji picker to the Menu bar at the top of your Mac.

  1. Click the Apple symbol in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences.

  1. Click Keyboard
  2. Click the option box beside Show keyboard and emoji viewer in Menu Bar.

Any Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

July 2020: Updated for World Emoji Day.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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