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How to Enter Emoji on Hardware Keyboard with Emoji Panel in Windows 10

Emoji are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and Web pages. Emoji are used much like emoticons and exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, a new Emoji Panel has been added to make it easier entering emoji on your hardware keyboard.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16226, the Emoji Panel will now also use the same light or dark theme set for your default app mode. The Emoji Panel now provides a search feature. After opening the panel via the Win + period (.) or semicolon (;) hotkeys, keep typing. The words you type will be used to filter the emoji displayed.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, Microsoft has added support for more languages and as of today’s build you can now use the emoji over 190 locals – 152 of which have tooltip support when you hover over each emoji. This includes English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more. Currently you can only browse and use mouse/touch/keyboard to pick an emoji in these languages, however Microsoft is working on adding search.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17101, Microsoft is bringing search support to more locales. Now you can find an emoji by keyword in over 150 locales, including English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more. This will help you get the emoji you want easily and quickly.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Emoji Panel for entering emoji in a text box on your hardware keyboard in Windows 10.

EXAMPLE: Emoji Panel

Here's How:

1. While focus is in a text box, press the Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;) keys to open the Emoji Panel. (see screenshots below)

2. You can now select and enter an emoji you want from the Emoji Panel.

In the People emoji category, you can change the skin tone of the emoji by clicking the button on the top-right.

In addition to using your mouse to select an emoji, you can also navigate through the panel by using the following keys:

  • Arrow keys – Navigate among emoji
  • Tab / Shift + Tab – Switch emoji category
  • Enter – Select an emoji
  • Esc – Close the panel​

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