Windows 10 Now Has an Emoji Keyboard

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I have a quick tip for you today. Windows 10 now gives you the ability to use your keyboard to insert an Emoji into text.

Emoji got its start in Japan. The word “emoji” can be translated to “image character.” The first emoji was created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. They have grown in use, especially with smartphones, texting, and social platform posts. I have begun using 👌 or 👍 to acknowledge a text message.

Now, I am not promoting using Emoji’s in business communication, but there may be situations where they are appropriate.

How to Use the Windows Emoji Keyboard

To access the Windows Emoji keyboard, Press Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;) and the menu will pop up. Once the window is visible, you can press Tab/Shift+Tab to switch categories and switch skin colors for people emoji with the button on the top right of the panel.

Windows Emoji

It may seem like a small addition, but emoji are becoming a more significant part of daily communications, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to communicate the same way on your desktop as you do on my phone. Just don’t go crazy😀! Remember the difference between business communication and informal communication.

Would you ever use emoji in your communication? If yes, when or how?

Steve Anderson provides information to insurance agents about how they can use technology to increase revenue and/or reduce expenses. He speaks professionally to hundreds of agents each year on the future of technology, the social web, and how insurance agencies can establish their Internet presence.

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One thought on “Windows 10 Now Has an Emoji Keyboard

  1. 👍 Steve!

    I and other members of our team are frequent readers and users of your tips. I’m adding this one to my repertoire. 👏

    Dale Steinke
    Director, Independent Agency Marketing Programs
    Safeco Insurance and Liberty Mutual Business Insurance