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Quickies: How to Use Emoji on Desktop Web (Without Copy and Paste)

By Laila | 29th Mar 2016 | Posted in Quickies

We’ve created a series of bite-sized blog posts just long enough to give you the downlow on all kinds of digital wizardry, because we love sharing our knowledge and know-how. Get tips for improving your social media efforts, discover powerful PR tricks, and learn all kinds of hacks to make your work life easier. Here is our super quick tip of the week.


Ever wondered how you go about writing emoji quickly and easily on desktop web?

I mostly copy and paste emoji from sites such as or, but there is an easier way for both Mac and Windows users.


Emojis are symbols used to convey feelings (like emoticons or smileys). They are popular on social media and often get more engagement/likes on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. With bigger brands embracing them, using symbols can be key to social media marketing, especially as an estimated 12,500 emojis are tweeted every minute.

You could buy a full-size IRL emoji keyboard like the one above, but that would be pretty pointless…


  • Open a text field on a social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram replies
  • Press command and control and space together on Mac to bring up the emoji characters panel (using OS X 10.8 or later)
  • On Windows computers, go to the task bar > toolbar > touch keyboard, and choose the smiley key

Unfortunately, the trick is only compatible with certain browsers according to the operating system you are running.

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