How to Use Emojis on Windows 10 PC Without Third-Party Apps

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As emojis are widely used on mobile devices, Microsoft took notice of the trend and implementing a new feature that lets Windows 10 users access the emoji library with ease.

In fact, you no longer have to visit an emoji database website, copy the character, and paste it to the text are in front of you. The database is already available on your computer, no internet access needed, no additional apps have to be installed.

In this article, you will learn how to input emoji characters to your text and how to use the feature. Be sure that you are running the recent Windows 10 versions.

How to insert emojis

To show the emoji box, which contains nearly all emojis recognized, press Windows+Period. See the button positions below for more details.

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You will see a small pop-up containing Emoji characters, along with Kaomoji and regular Symbols. Each with its own sub-category for quicker access to a certain character.

The Windows+Period shortcut can be used on virtually all programs. Some, like Chromium-based browsers (like Chrome & Edge) may even include the emoji access right on the context menu. Just make sure to hit the right-click button when the cursor is in a text area.

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From there, you can just click on the Emoji, Kaomoji, or Symbol to insert it.

How to search for a specific emoji

Scrolling for thousands of emojis is something you definitely want to skip. Therefore, when it comes to finding a specific emoji quickly, use the search feature.

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To do that, launch the emoji box, then click the search icon, type the expression or the emoji name you want to insert. It will instantly filter the result based on the given query.


As a footnote, emojis that you see on your Windows PC could appear slightly different on other platforms. Some might look more or less similar, but some may not look alike and to some extent, could change the meaning. Be sure to check it before sending emojis to someone important to you.

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