No chat conversation is complete without the colorful and interesting Emojis or the Emoticons. While almost every platform and device has their own set of funny and exciting emojis, Windows users are still using the keyboard keys Colon ‘:’ and simple bracket ‘)’ to make emoticons like :), :(, :P, 😀 and a few more.
Most of the Windows 10 users are unaware of the fact that they can actually use the funny emoticons like the middle finger, a receptionist, a dancing girl, a fairy, a Santa Claus, an angel and so on. Yes, now when almost every Windows PC is running the latest Windows 10 operating system, you can spruce up your chat conversations, your status updates on social networking website, your emails or any other documents with these tiny comical characters. In this post, we will learn about how to use Emojis in Windows 10.
Emojis in Windows 10
To use Emojis on your Windows 10 PC, you actually have to skip your keyboard and use the on-screen touch keyboard. When we say on-screen keyboard, we are not really talking about the regular keyboard desktop app, we are talking about the touch keyboard, there is a difference.
To enable the Touch keyboard, go to your Taskbar, right-click and select Show touch keyboard button. This will open the touch keyboard and will also add a small keyboard icon on your taskbar.
So you can click this small keyboard icon anytime you need to add the emojis in your Word document or anywhere else. Now when the keyboard is open, click on the smiley button next to space bar and the alphabetical keys will convert into emojis keyboard.
These tiny comical characters are categorized into various categories like emoticons, facial emojis, party pops, eatables, symbols, love, automobiles and more. Click on the small arrow in the most left pane to get more emojis of a selected category. Switch between the emoji categories using the category buttons at the bottom.
You can also change the color tone of the emojis from this keyboard. Click on the small color square just beside Smiley button and select the skin tone from 6 different options. This appears to have been removed in recent Windows 10 versions.
Please note, that the emojis appear differently across programs. For example, they came up colorful in my FB status update but black-and-white in MS Word and Notepad. I don’t know if there is some way out to get these colorful emojis as it is.
So, finally, the Windows users now have a way to use the emojis in their Windows 10 PC. The set of emojis includes almost every popular emoticon. Now you don’t need to go to the third party app or websites to copy the emoticons.
UPDATE: You can now also use the Emoji Panel in Windows 10.
Have fun! 🙂