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

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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.

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.

Note   Note
Currently this emoji experience is only available when English (United States) is the active language of your 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.
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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.

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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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That's it,
Shawn