How to Use Emojis on a Mac Keyboard

Learn how to use emojis on a Mac keyboard.

learn how to use emojis on a mac keyboard

When I have something to say and only a phone to say it, my fingers can really fly. And when I say fly, I mean I can text about half as fast as I can type. #fatfingers

I spend a fair amount of my work day scrolling Instagram, checking Twitter, popping in on Facebook or texting. While my phone is great for working on the go, when I really want to bang things out I turn to my Mac.

Initially the only drawback was that I didn’t know how to incorporate emojis using my keyboard. Fortunately, it’s easy. It’s easy, and there are several options!

How to Use Emojis on a Mac – Option 1

On a Mac press command + control and then the space bar brings up the regular emoji panel.

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Even better? You can search out specific emojis for a quick insert.

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Finally, I can quickly locate Santa when I need him!

Click the emoji of your choice to insert it at the location of the cursor.

how to use emojis on a mac keyboard

How to Use Emojis on a Mac – Option 2

Sometimes even using the emoji keyboard takes too long. Enter Mac’s keyboard shortcuts. You can easily make it so that when you type a specific phrase, it’ll instantly swap it out for a specific emoji. I love to use these for texting in iMessage.

To set up a keyboard shortcut, go to System Preferences >>>

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Keyboard >>>

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Text >>>

learn how to use emojis on a mac

Click the + symbol to add a new shortcut, then, in the Replace field, type the text you want to activate the emoji, say, “hearti.”

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In the With field, paste the emoji you want to appear using the control + command, then space bar.

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You’re all set. Shortcuts created!

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This is what it looks like in iMessage.

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I love being able to quickly and efficiently use emojis on my computer. It makes my work sooo much easier!

Thanks for stopping be to learn how to use emojis on a Mac! 

Tauni
Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.
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