How to Do Emoji on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who loves to express themselves with emojis? Well, you’re in luck!

Mac offers a variety of ways to incorporate emojis into your daily communication. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to easily access and use emojis on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Using the Character Viewer

If you want to add an emoji while typing, the Character Viewer is the way to go. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the emoji.
  • Step 2: Press Control + Command + Space simultaneously.
  • Step 3: The Character Viewer window will appear.
  • Step 4: In the search bar at the top right of the window, type in a keyword related to the emoji you want. For example, if you’re looking for a smiley face, type “smile”.
  • Step 5: Scroll through the available emojis or click on different categories on the left side of the window to find what you need.
  • Step 6: Once you find the desired emoji, simply double-click on it to insert it into your text.

Create Text Shortcuts for Emojis

If there are certain emojis that you frequently use, creating text shortcuts can save you time and effort. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2: Click on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the “Text” tab.
  • Step 4: Click on the “+” button at the bottom left of the window.
  • Step 5: In the left column, type in a unique text shortcut that you want to associate with an emoji. For example, you could use “:smile:” for a smiley face emoji.
  • Step 6: In the right column, paste or select the desired emoji from the Character Viewer.

From now on, whenever you type your designated text shortcut and press Spacebar, it will automatically be replaced with the corresponding emoji.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts instead of accessing the Character Viewer, Mac has got you covered. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open System Preferences and click on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the “Keyboard” tab.
  • Step 3: Click on “Text”.
  • Step 4: Scroll through the list of predefined shortcuts until you find one that suits your needs. If you don’t see a suitable shortcut, click on the “+” button to create a custom one.

Note: The predefined shortcuts are often in the format “:keyword:”, so typing “:smile:” would insert a smiley face emoji.

The Emoji Keyboard Shortcut

If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you’ll love this one! Mac provides a quick way to access the Emoji Viewer directly. Simply press Control + Command + Space simultaneously, and the Character Viewer will open, ready for you to choose your favorite emoji.


Emojis are a fun and expressive way to enhance your communication on Mac. Whether you prefer using the Character Viewer, creating text shortcuts, or utilizing keyboard shortcuts, Mac offers several options to make emoji usage quick and convenient. Start adding some flair to your messages today!

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