How To Use Emoji On Your Mac?


Want to express what you type in your document or message via emoji? If yes, then you can come to the right place. Here, you will find information on how to make use of emoji, accents, and symbols on your Mac.

There are numerous features and functionalities that some of the Mac users are not even aware of. One such feature is the option to add emoji, accents, and symbols in a texted document or messages. To know how to use this feature and make your document or message expressive, follow the step-by-step instructions provided below.

Guide to Use Emoji and Other Symbols on your Mac

Adding Emoji and Other Symbols

To insert smileys, dingbats, and other symbols as you type, you will need to use the Character Viewer option.

1.) In your document or message, simply click the place where you wish to make the character appear.

2.) After selecting the place, you will need to press the Control-Command-Space Bar keys on your keyboard. This will open a Character Viewer window on your screen.


3.) Next, you can either use the Search field located at the top-right corner of the window or you can click on the icon next to the Search field (right side) to expand the window for more characters.


4.) Once you have found the appropriate character for your text, simply click or double-click on it to add it to your text.

NOTE: If you are using the Messages app, you can find the Character Viewer option by clicking on the Smiley option located on the lower-right corner. If you are using macOS Sierra or later, emoji you send in a message appear as the same size as the text. If you will only send a couple of emoji without adding any text to it, they will appear three times bigger.

Adding Accented Characters

If you wish to enter an accented or alternate version of a character, you will just need to press and hold a key until the accented character appears on your screen. In order to select one of the characters in your document, you will need to type the number that appears under the characters (see image below). However, if you don’t wish to add an accented character after holding a key, you can either type another character or press Esc key on your keyboard to withdraw from the command.


Moreover, if you don’t find an additional character for the key you are holding, you will not see the menu appearing on your screen. The menu will also not appear in the Key Repeat slider is set to Off in the Keyboard window of System Preference.

Repeating a Character

Depending on where you are typing, most of the keys get repeated by pressing and holding them. If you are unable to repeat characters, make sure that the Key Repeat slider is not set to Off. However, if still, you are unable to repeat certain character, they may not be designed to repeat in the app you are using. In such case, simply copy the character to the clipboard and then hold the Command-V to paste the character or word repetitively.

So, these are the ways you can use Emoji on your Mac and its associated applications.