How to Unlock the Emoji Library in Chrome on Desktop PCs
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You can’t get away from emojis these days, even if you wanted to. They are so ubiquitous that there was even an (admittedly terrible) movie made about them Are You an Emoji Addict? Grab This Chrome Wallpaper Extension Are You an Emoji Addict? Grab This Chrome Wallpaper Extension If you love emojis, you'll love this Chrome wallpaper extension. Read More in mid-2017. No, seriously, it’s awful. Don’t watch it.

Like it or not, what started as a smartphone-only fad as now become a massive part of our online language. We’ve almost gone full circle back to Egyptian hieroglyphics.

This poses a problem for desktop users. Unless you’re “lucky” enough to own a Mac with a touch bar Chrome Supports the MacBook Touch Bar: Here's What You Can Do With It Chrome Supports the MacBook Touch Bar: Here's What You Can Do With It There’s now more to love about Google Chrome on the Mac: the web browser offers full support for Apple's Touch Bar. Read More , there’s no easy way to type emojis on a desktop machine. Thankfully, there’s a new tool in Google Chrome that aims to make typing emojis a little less tedious. Let’s take a closer look.

How to Enable Chrome’s Emoji Library

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Chrome’s built-in emoji library is available on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS. To use it, you first need to install the Canary version of Chrome. It’s the developmental version of the browser and is prone to breakage. But don’t worry, you can run the stable release and the Canary version at the same time.

Note: If you’re using a Chromebook, you’ll need to change the entire OS onto the development channel Chromebooks – Which Release Channel is Right for You? Chromebooks – Which Release Channel is Right for You? If you want early access to the exciting new features that Google have planned for future updates, why not change your release channel? Read More .

When you’re ready, follow the instructions below:

  1. Type chrome://flags/ into Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter.
  2. Scroll down to Emoji Context Menu.
  3. Click on Enable.
  4. Restart Chrome.

The emoji library will be available wherever you see a text field. Just right-click in the text field and click on Emoji to access the library.

The library is part of the native on-screen keyboard and works like Gboard, so it’s not going to be as easy as typing regular characters, but it’s still a lot better than going hunting in one of the online emoji repos.

And remember, if you’re using Windows, you can type emojis outside of Chrome using the on-screen touch keyboard Type Emojis the Easy Way on Windows 10 With the Emoji Panel Type Emojis the Easy Way on Windows 10 With the Emoji Panel Did you know that Windows 10 now has an emoji panel that lets you insert the perfect emoji at any time? Here's how to use it, and disable if you hate it. Read More .

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    June 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm

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  2. Heimen Stoffels
    June 26, 2018 at 10:12 am

    "Unless you’re “lucky” enough to own a Mac with a touch bar, there’s no easy way to type emojis on a desktop machine."

    That's not entirely true. On a growing number of Linux distributions, you can use Ctrl + Shift + E to open up the emoji panel.

    • William Krasnov
      June 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      also just press Win+. on the latest windows 10 to open the system emoji menu