How to add Emojis to File and Folder names in Windows 10

For users who find visual elements more appealing, Windows 10 has made it easier to identify files and folders by adding Emojis to their names. Yes, Microsoft has made it possible for Windows users to use Emojis in the names of a drive, file or folder. All you need to do is access the built-in Emoji Panel feature, that allows picking any emoji you want.

Add Emojis to File & Folder names

Normally, when you try to rename a drive, file, and folder in Windows, we get a message saying ‘A file can’t contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? ” < > |’.

This is no more to be seen now. Windows 10 will now let you include an Emoji in the name of a drive, file, and folder via Emoji Panel.

You can choose to add emoji to a file/folder in Windows 10 via any of the methods below.

From a Desktop Screen

While on a Desktop Screen use the shortcut (Win + D)

From File Explorer

When in File Explorer, use the shortcut (Win + E)

The command, when executed, makes the ‘Rename’ option visible for a drive, file, or folder you want.

Emoji panel

Now, for renaming, press the Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;) keys to open the Emoji Panel.

Add Emojis to File & Folders names

As you can see in the image below, you can use a combination of letters, numbers, and emoji. When done, simply press Enter to save the new name.

English is one of the most commonly spoken languages, but that’s not what unites us all. Rather, it’s the universal language of the emojis that binds us together.  These picture characters appear more vibrant in their expression. As such, they’ve readily become popular worldwide.

Related read: How to use Emojis in Windows 10.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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