How to use, disable, enable Emoji Panel in Windows 10

Microsoft has added a dedicated Emoji Panel or Picker to Windows 10 v 1709. It lets you easily input emojis into text messages or in apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint via a simple shortcut. Just press Windows Key + Period (.) or Windows Key + semicolon (;) to bring up Emoji Panel. A unique feature about it is the panel also includes a search option to help you find the desired emoji. Also, the latest Unicode updates in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces useful additions like elements from the Arabian folklore in the form of genies, dinosaurs, fairies, and zombies for the Halloween event. All of these can be found under a neatly arranged new emoji panel.

Emoji Panel in Windows 10

To bring up the Emoji Panel, you have to press Win + “.”.

Emoji Panel in Windows 10

However, if you are not a superfan of this feature, you can disable it completely if you wish.

How to disable Emoji Panel

Deskmodder suggests that you follow these steps to disable the new emoji panel in Windows 10

Press “Win+R” key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type ‘regedit‘ in its empty field and press Enter. Once you see it, navigate to the following address-


Now to disable the hotkey for emoji panel, you’ll be required to modify EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey DWORD. This DWORD location may vary depending on the region/locale selected in your computer.

Press Ctrl+F keys together to launch the Find box, copy and paste EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey in the Find box and press Enter key.

The correct key and DWORD value will automatically become visible to you. I have selected US as the region and it was visibile to me here:


disable enable emoji panel

Now double-click on EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey DWORD and change its value to 0 to disable the hotkey.

Hereafter, when you press Win+ ‘.’ or Win+ ‘;’ keys together you’ll not see Emoji Panel appearing on your computer screen. However, if, at any point of time you decide to enable emoji panel, simply change the value of EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey DWORD to 1 again.

Hope this helps.

Related reads:

  1. Using Emojis on Windows 10 via the On-screen keyboard
  2. How to use colored Emoji using Internet Explorer
  3. How to turn off or disable Emoticons in Skype.
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