How to use emojis on Mac

How to use emojis on Mac

Want to inject a little personality into your tweets and emails? Here’s how to use emojis on Mac.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words are worth an emoji? Emojis are becoming a common place in our digital world, helping express emotions in texts, tweets, and even our selfies on sites like Instagram and Snapchat. It’s easy to access emojis on iOS and Android, but what about Mac?

Although it’s not as smart as your iPhone, you can access hundreds of emojis through your Mac. Work email will never be the same again!

How to access emojis on Mac

At a glance it might not be clear, but there are several ways to access emojis on your Mac.

Keyboard shortcuts

The easiest way to access the emoji picker on your Mac is through keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Place the cursor where you want to insert the emoji in the text window (be it a tweet, a note or even in Photoshop).
  2. On your keyboard, press Command + Control + Spacebar to access the emoji selector.
  3. Browse and click the emoji that you want to use to enter it.


Like iOS, emojis fall into various categories including Smileys & People, Animals & Nature and Objects, but if there are certain emojis that you think of, you can also use the search bar to try and find them. The name emoji is not always in harmony with what it describes, but it must function most of the time.

Although this is mainly for emojis, you can also use this method to access symbols that are used less.

Add emoji selector to the Menu bar

If you can’t remember the keyboard combination to access the emoji selector at that time, you always have the option to add it to the Menu bar at the top of your Mac.

  1. Click the Apple icon on the top left of your Mac screen.
  2. Click System Preferences.
  3. Select Keyboard.
  4. Check the selection box next to ‘Show keyboard and emoji viewer in the Menu Bar’.


Now you will see an emoji selector icon next to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other macOS icons on the top right of your screen. Just click every time you want to enter emojis.

Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

If you want an experience that is more like iOS, you can always use MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. This technology was first reintroduced in 2017, and basically provides a contextual function bar to users that changes depending on the apps.


Easily, if you write a message in Mail or Messages, you will see an emoji button appear on the Touch Bar. Just tap on the icon and scroll across to find the emoji you want.

Admittedly it’s not a good reason to slap at least £ 1,299 / $ 1,299 on a MacBook Pro 13in, but if you still want to buy it, that’s a good added bonus.

For more practical Mac tips, here’s how to use iPad as a second screen on a Mac and how to use Instagram on a Mac too.

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