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How to type emoji on your PC using Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

How can I type emoji on my PC keyboard? It’s a question that you’ve probably asked, given up on, shrugged, and then pulled out your smartphone. Now, with Windows 10 and the Fall Creators Update, a new emoji keyboard will make adding emoji to Twitter, Facebook, and other apps a snap. 

While there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned smiley-face :) or GIF, an emoji is a simple way to add a bit of fun to your communications. That’s the whole point of emoji, after all! And while they’ve been part of smartphone culture for years, Microsoft has now added its easy emoji keyboard to Windows 10.

For now, we’ll show you how to bring up emoji under the current version of Windows 10 (the Creators Update, which many of you still have), and how it will become easier once the Fall Creators Update drops. (We used Insider Build 16215 for testing, then checked it against the actual Fall Creators Update, itself.)

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A selection of the emoji available within Windows 10.

How to type emoji under Windows 10

What was so annoying about the state of emoji in the Windows 10 Creators Update  is that Microsoft almost, but not quite, had it right. A tool called the On-Screen Keyboard is actually an accessibility app that you can launch using the Start menu, or, via the Control Panel, trigger to launch whenever you boot Windows.

The On-Screen keyboard is not an emoji app, however, and trying to type a smiley-face simply types in text: a colon and a closed parentheses symbol. Given that the on-screen keyboard is rather detailed, you would think that emoji could be built right in. Nope.

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So close, yet so far. Predictive typing is a nice feature, though.

If you’re lucky enough to have a tablet, emoji are accessible only if you undock the tablet and put it into tablet mode. In tablet mode, you’ll see an on-screen keyboard icon appear in the lower right-hand corner of your taskbar. It’s this keyboard that allows you to type in emoji within the Creators Update—if you enjoy typing on glass while trying to tweet or send email.

Discovering that Microsoft allows emoji in one on-screen keyboard but not in the other was  the sort of design decision that, as a user, made you want to tear your hair out. Fortunately, Microsoft has resolved that issue with the Fall Creators Update.

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Microsoft’s emoji keyboard in Windows 10 tablet mode, within the older Creators Update.

How to launch the emoji keyboard within Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 

Once you receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, here’s how to launch the emoji keyboard within Windows 10: either use the WIN + . (the period punctuation mark) key, or else the WIN + ; (semi-colon) key. Either will open the new emoji keyboard.

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