How to easily type emoji, emoticons, and symbols in Windows 10

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We are all used to writing emoji on our smartphones and tablets, but not so much on our PCs. Certainly, I do not know any desktop or laptop keyboard with an emoji button. But should not we be so expressive in our primary computers?

Before it was necessary to access emoji through a virtual keyboard, download a third-party application or copy and paste them from the web. That's awkward … Fortunately, in 2017, Microsoft added an accessible emoji selector using a simple keyboard shortcut: Win +.

In other words, hold down the start button and the dot at the same time and you will see a pop. -up that allows you to easily select emoji. By default, it shows the most recently used icons. If you touch the tab & # 39; people & # 39 ;, you can also select the skin colors for your human emoji.

You can also search for specific emoji to not lose three minutes looking for 🍕 or 🥑 (What? I'm hungry). There is no search bar in the emoji selector, but simply typing something after the window is opened will reduce the results to the relevant graphics.

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Better yet, with the Windows Update May 10, 2019, Microsoft added full support for emoticons and kaomoji (emoticons with Japanese characters), figures created from text that I will always find superior.

I mean, certainly there is no emoji that can capture the essence of emoticons like:

  • ಠ_ಠ
  • 9 (╬ʘ 益 ʘ╬) 6
  • d ===== (¯ ▽ ¯ *) b
  • (• _ •)> ⌐ ■ – ■
  • (⌐ ■ _ ■)
  • or the classic (□ ° □ °) ╯( ┻━┻

These fancier emoticons are a nuisance to write (especially for those of us without Japanese keyboard) built like this -in support is a blessing.

Finally, the new emoji picker in the May 2019 update also includes easy access to special characters, for those moments when I need the occasional accent, curr Encin symbols, or mathematical constant.

Now, if I could only have dedicated kaomoji buttons on my keyboard …

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