How to Use Emoji on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who loves to express emotions while chatting or writing emails? Emoji is the perfect way to add flair and personality to your messages. In this article, we will explore how to use emoji on Mac and enhance your communication experience.

Enabling Emoji Keyboard on Mac

Before we dive into using emoji, make sure you have the emoji keyboard enabled on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Open the System Preferences.
  2. Select “Keyboard.”
  3. Go to the “Keyboard” tab.
  4. Click on “Emoji” in the left sidebar.
  5. Check the box that says “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar.”

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled the emoji keyboard on your Mac.

Using Emoji in Text

Now that you have the emoji keyboard enabled, let’s learn how to use emoji in text:

  1. Type Emoji Shortcut:
    • Type a colon “:” followed by a keyword related to the desired emoji. For example, “:smile” for a smiling face.
    • A dropdown menu will appear with relevant emojis based on your keyword.
    • Select your preferred emoji from the dropdown using arrow keys or mouse.
    • Press “Enter” or click on the desired emoji to insert it into your text.

  2. Use Emoji Keyboard Viewer:
    • In the menu bar, click on the keyboard icon located at the top right corner of your screen.
    • Select “Show Emoji & Symbols” from the dropdown menu.
    • The Emoji Keyboard Viewer will open, showing a wide range of emojis.
    • Click on any emoji to insert it into your text.
  3. Use Touch Bar (MacBook Pro):
    • If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can access emoji directly from the Touch Bar.
    • Tap the emoji icon on the Touch Bar to bring up the emoji picker.
    • Swipe left or right to navigate through different categories of emojis.
    • Select your desired emoji by tapping on it in the Touch Bar.

Using these methods, you can effortlessly add emojis to your text and bring life to your conversations!

Using Emoji in Documents and Emails

In addition to using emojis in text-based applications, you can also insert them in documents and emails. Here’s how:

  1. Copy and Paste:
    • Visit websites like or to browse for emojis.
    • Select any emoji by clicking on it or highlighting it with your cursor.
    • Right-click and choose “Copy.”
    • Paste the emoji into your document or email by right-clicking and selecting “Paste.”

You can now express yourself creatively by adding emojis to your documents, presentations, or emails!

In Conclusion

Emoji on Mac is a fantastic way to add a touch of fun and emotion to your messages. By enabling the emoji keyboard and using various methods to insert emojis, you can enhance your communication and convey your feelings in a visually engaging way. So go ahead, explore the world of emoji, and let your texts come alive with personality!

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