How to Enable Emojis on Your Mac

Today, emojis are just as vital as an average keyboard on any device. They can be of great use when you want to emphasize something particular or give the sentence a more vivid emotional pattern. Social networks, text-friendly apps, and Apple are the ones to blame for the rapid spread of emojis in recent years.

Even if you like a cold-toned dialogue or just prefer symbols, inevitably you become the one to use them in this environment. But if you ask millennials whether they use emojis or not, you’ll be surprised to know that almost 9 in 10 give a positive answer.

So how do you set up your emojis on Mac? Simple! You just need to access your Character Viewer which is available on every laptop with the latest MacOS installed. Just tug your cursor to the place where you want an emoji to be and use a simple hotkey combination. Press Command and Control keys and then the space bar simultaneously, then a small window with emojis will launch.

Just three keys in action! No tech-savvy insights are needed!

Make the most out of the Character Viewer on Mac

Once opened, the Character Viewer attaches to the page where you have left your cursor. Even if you choose to open other windows, it won’t drag along with you. But if you want to, you can always move the pop-up window to whatever program or browser you go manually.

There’s a second way to access the Character Viewer, and it’s by clicking the Edit bar at the top left of your laptop’s screen. There, at the bottom of the drop-down menu, you’ll see “Emoji and Symbols” – here you go!

In the pop-up, you are given an option to choose any of the seven emoji categories, which are Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink, Activity, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags. When you’ve found your match, just double-click on the icon, and it will appear in the place where you left your cursor.

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To make things more simple, add your most-used emojis to “favorites” to manipulate them instantly. Your favorites will appear every time you launch the Character Viewer both in small and large window options.

Note: stick with the larger version if you need to customize your preferences in detail and check the description of each icon.

Extra note: use a search tool at the top of the pop-up window to type in the emoji keywords if you are crunched for time.

Though having an ultimate Mac emoji tool for any app sounds impressive, the only drawback is that not every browser, software, or even email provider support emojis. Instead, some of them might render emojis as black-and-white icons, for example in subject lines of an email, sometimes hardly resembling the colorful ones.

Additional emoji features for Macs with touch bars

If you are a lucky owner of the latest MacBook Pro, you inherit a mini version of the Character Viewer right on the touch bar. The touch bar is a smart OLED strip that keeps track of your activity and introduces plausible shortcuts for each program.

Just as you open any text-friendly software, the touch bar will show a row of emojis that you can just swipe back and forth, and choose whichever you need. As you use it more often, the system will memorize your choices and update the most used emojis to show them first.

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