How to Add Emoji on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Adding emojis on a Mac is a fun and easy way to express yourself while chatting or writing emails. Emojis are small pictorial icons that can be used to convey emotions, ideas, or objects. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to add emojis on your Mac.

Method 1: Using the Emoji Keyboard Shortcut

If you frequently use emojis, you’ll be glad to know that Mac provides a built-in emoji keyboard shortcut. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the emoji.
  • Step 2: Press Control + Command + Space. This will open the emoji picker.
  • Step 3: Browse through the various categories using the scroll bar on the right side of the picker.
  • Step 4: Click on an emoji to insert it into your text.

You can also use the search bar at the top of the emoji picker to quickly find a specific emoji by typing keywords related to it. Once you’ve selected an emoji, simply close the picker by clicking outside of it or pressing Esc.

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you prefer a more detailed view of emojis and other special characters, you can use the Character Viewer. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Go to your Mac’s menu bar and click on “Edit”.
  • Step 2: Select “Emoji & Symbols” from the drop-down menu. This will open the Character Viewer.
  • Step 3: In the left sidebar of the Character Viewer, click on “Emoji” to access all available emojis.
  • Step 4: Double-click on an emoji to insert it into your text.

The Character Viewer also allows you to search for emojis and other characters using keywords. You can customize the view by selecting different categories from the sidebar or adjusting the size of the character grid.

Method 3: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you have a few favorite emojis that you use frequently, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to them. This way, you can insert emojis quickly without having to open any additional tools. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Go to your Mac’s System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2: Select “Keyboard” from the preferences window.
  • Step 3: Go to the “Text” tab.
  • Step 4: Click on the “+” button at the bottom-left corner of the window to add a new text replacement rule.
  • Step 5: In the “Replace” field, type a unique keyword or combination of characters that you want to associate with an emoji (e.g., “:smile:”).
  • Step 6: In the “With” field, click on the small emoji icon and select an emoji from the pop-up window.

Now, whenever you type the keyword or combination of characters you specified, it will automatically be replaced with the associated emoji.


Adding emojis on your Mac is a breeze with these methods. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or exploring the Character Viewer, you can easily enhance your communication with colorful and expressive emojis. So go ahead, have fun, and let your messages come alive with emojis!

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