Your Mac has a fast hotkey that will open an emoji picker in any application. You can quickly enter emojis anywhere on macOS – in a messaging app, in email, or even in a document you are editing. Here’s how to use it.
First, open the app where you want to insert emojis. Click on any text input area, and when you see the cursor, press Control + Command + Space. The emoji panel will appear.
In the emoji panel, click on the emoji you want to use, and it will appear in the app.
You can also search for emojis using the search box. Click the box and type whatever description you want. For example, you can type “fire” and see all emojis related to fire.
When you find the one you want, click it, and it will appear in the app.
You can also drag the emoji panel pop-up to its own window which remains open even after you select an emoji. That way, you can click the emoji whenever you want, and it will be inserted into the application you are using.
And finally, if you want to explore emojis by category or see each emoji in more detail, press the little “Emojis & Symbols” button in the emoji window. (The button looks like a small window icon with a “Command” symbol in it.)
The emoji window will expand to the Character Viewer, and you will see more options for browsing, searching for, and selecting emojis.
To return to the small emoji chooser window, click on the “Emojis & Symbols” button located right beside the search bar.
If you use emojis a lot, you can also add an emoji panel button to your menu bar. To do so, open “System Preferences”, and click “Keyboard”. Then click the keyboard tab and place a check mark in the box next to, “Show keyboard and emoji viewer in menu bar.”
Have fun with emojis!