How to Use Emojis on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Emojis have become an integral part of our digital communication, adding a touch of fun and expressiveness to our messages. If you’re a Mac user, you may be wondering how to make the most of these delightful little characters. In this tutorial, we’ll explore various ways to use emojis on your Mac and make your conversations even more engaging.

1. Using Emojis in Text:
Mac offers a built-in emoji picker that allows you to easily insert emojis into any text field or document.

To access it, simply press Command + Control + Spacebar simultaneously. This will open the emoji picker window, displaying a wide range of emojis organized into categories.

Pro tip: You can search for specific emojis by typing keywords in the search bar at the top of the emoji picker window. For example, if you’re looking for a cat emoji, simply type “cat” and relevant options will appear.

2. Adding Emojis to Emails:
If you want to include emojis in your emails composed using Apple Mail, there’s a simple way to do so.

While composing an email, click on “Edit” in the menu bar and then select “Emoji & Symbols” (or press Command + Control + Spacebar). This will open the same emoji picker window we discussed earlier. From here, you can choose an emoji and insert it directly into your email.

3. Emojis in Documents and Notes:
Emojis can also enhance your documents, notes, or presentations created with apps like Pages or Keynote.

To add an emoji to one of these documents, go to “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Emoji & Symbols.” The familiar emoji picker will appear once again, allowing you to pick an emoji and insert it into your document at the desired location.

4. Creating Keyboard Shortcuts for Frequently Used Emojis:
If you have a set of emojis that you frequently use, creating keyboard shortcuts can save you time. To set up a keyboard shortcut for an emoji, open the “System Preferences” on your Mac and go to “Keyboard.” Then, select the “Text” tab.

Click on the “+” button at the bottom left of the window and type in your desired emoji in the “Replace” column and assign a shortcut in the “With” column. For example, you could set “:smile:” as a shortcut for 😀. This way, whenever you type “:smile:” in any text field, it will automatically be replaced with the corresponding emoji.

5. Emojis in Social Media:
Emojis play a significant role in social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To add emojis to your posts or comments on these platforms using your Mac, simply follow the steps we discussed earlier for adding emojis to text.

Pro tip: Some social media platforms also provide their own unique sets of emojis. So be sure to explore these platforms’ specific emoji options for even more variety.

Now that you know how to use emojis on your Mac, let your creativity shine through! Sprinkle emojis into your messages, emails, documents, and social media posts to add personality and make your communication more engaging.


Emojis are a fantastic way to express emotions and add flair to our digital conversations. With Mac’s built-in emoji picker and various applications like Apple Mail or Pages supporting emojis seamlessly, incorporating them into our daily communication has become effortless. Whether it’s for personal or professional use, embrace the power of emojis to make your messages pop!

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