How to Find Emojis in Windows 10

Joe Keeley 28-09-2015

Mandarin, Spanish, and English are some of the most commonly spoken languages, but there’s perhaps only one that unites us all: the language of the emoji Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Will the connected age help us move beyond language as we know it? Some people think that emoji could revolutionize how we communicate. Let's take a look. Read More . The majority of us use them on our smartphones, but it’s possible to use them on the desktop, too.


That’s because Windows 10 has built-in support for emojis. No longer do you have to express things through words; now you can drop in an eggplant, frog face, or pumpkin emoji with ease. Let’s find out how to enable and use them in Windows 10.

After reading, please be sure to pop into the comments section to let us know if you’re using emojis on Windows 10 and how you find the experience.

History of Emojis in Windows

Emojis, which literally mean picture character, have been around in some form since the late 90s, originating in Japan. However, it’s only in recent years that they’ve become mainstream popular worldwide, mostly thanks to their implementation in modern smartphones.


When Windows 7 was released in 2009, emojis hadn’t found their widespread appeal and they weren’t built into the operating system. However, that same year they were included in the Unicode Standard, which is a system designed to achieve consistent encoding and display of written texts.


Come 2012 and Windows 8 hits the scene. Emojis are available here, but only in black and white, not in full color as could be found elsewhere. This came courtesy of a font called Segoe UI Symbol, which was also added to Windows 7 via an update. A year later and Windows 8.1 arrives, which introduces the Segoe UI Emoji font, allowing for color emojis.

windows emojis

And now we’re in the present with Windows 10. It still supports emojis, but a lot has changed in two years. Firstly, there’s been the introduction of new emojis like the Middle Finger, Vulcan Salute, and Slightly Frowning Face. Some emojis have also had their design changed, like the Face Screaming In Fear having hands added in, or the Relieved Face losing the beads of sweat.

Support for diversity modifiers has also been accounted for. Emojis are meant to be generic, but have been commonly represented with white-skinned characters. With Unicode Version 8, five different skin tones have been added, meaning some emojis can have their skin color customized. If you use WhatsApp, you’ll notice that yellow is their now default color; Windows, on the other hand, opts for grey.


How to Use Emojis in Windows 10

It’s easy to begin using emojis in Windows 10. Firstly, we need to enable the touch keyboard. To do so, right click your taskbar and select Show touch keyboard button (if it isn’t already ticked). This will place a new keyboard icon within your taskbar’s notification area.

Click this new icon and a keyboard will appear on your screen. Note that, confusingly, this is actually different to the on-screen keyboard which can be enabled within Settings The Windows 10 Settings Guide: How to Do Anything and Everything Do you know your way around the Settings app in Windows 10? Here's everything you need to know. Read More . On this keyboard, next to space and Ctrl, you’ll see a smiling face. Click this to access the emoji selection.

windows 10 emoji keyboard

Along the bottom are the different categories, like recently used, food, and travel, which you can click to explore all the different types of emojis. The arrows on the left-hand side can be used to scroll back and forth between the various pages. To input an emoji, whether it be on Twitter or in a comments section 5 Sites That Make Online Comments Awesome Sometimes online comments can make the web better -- like when they prompt great conversations, point out great tools, or make something hilarious even better. Read More , simply click your cursor within the relevant text box and then select the emoji.


Bear in mind that although the operating system supports emojis, not all programs within it will. One notable exception is Google Chrome, which currently lacks emoji support in its Windows version.

You’ll also find that not all supported emojis are actually accessible from this keyboard. For example, you can’t actually select skin tone nor the Middle Finger emoji, despite Windows 10 supporting it. For these emojis and some others, you’ll have to copy and paste them from a website like Get Emoji. Hopefully a future update of Windows 10 will patch in support for these within the touch keyboard.

Some Emojis Explained

Let’s take a look at some of the Windows 10 emojis available and try to work out exactly what they represent.

Information Desk Person

emoji helpdesk


While this emoji is technically meant to be someone offering help at an information desk, it took on a whole different meaning when Apple chose to display it as a woman with her hand to her side on iOS. It’s often used to show sassiness, which Microsoft is very clearly aware of as they’ve decided to make the woman wink in their latest update.

Raised Hand with Part Between Middle and Ring Fingers

emoji spock

That’s the proper name for it, but this new emoji is really just the Vulcan salute. If you’re not aware, though I’m sure you are, this is the hand gesture that Leonard Nimoy devised for his character Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series. Live long and prosper.

Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended

emoji middle finger

Sure, you can send someone an annoyed face or a pile of poo, but nothing really expresses your anger or disdain like a middle finger. This emoji was recommended by Unicode 7 in 2014, so it’s taken a little while to be supported, but it’s definitely been worth the wait. This is likely to become a very popular emoji.

For more analysis of emoji meaning, be sure to check out our Emoji to English dictionary What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More .

Emote with Emojis

Everyone has their own favorite emoji What Is Your Favorite Emoji Character? [We Ask You] Emoji are everywhere these days. But which emoji character is your personal favorite of the 1,000+ that are now available to use? Read More ! Their great fun to send and they’re not just limited to your handheld device. Get using them in Windows 10 – how else will you quickly communicate a shocked cat, ghost, or a plate of pasta?

With Windows 10 updates being compulsory Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , you can be sure that all the latest and greatest emojis will be pushed to your system when Microsoft adds in support for them.

Do you use emojis within Windows 10? Do you think anything could be improved with the experience?

Related topics: Emojis, Fonts, Windows 10.

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  1. Joy
    October 24, 2019 at 2:09 am

    I am disappointed that it is unsuccessful in some apps such as word, although if they do work I use the text colour to give them colour. However this only suitable for single coloured ones. But I guess you can always insert an emoji clipart from except it takes longer.

  2. Aaubi3
    March 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you very much for this article it has been super helpful to me. I use to download emojis b4 and resize them (jpeg/png format) b4 using them.damn i had em all at my disposal the whole time. Thanks again really helpful. And God Bless.

  3. Anonymous customer
    June 13, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I had to google what a taskbar was. It would help if that was explained. Once I figured it out this works great! ?

  4. Jos Nowak
    May 4, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Great help! Now the emoji's work like a charm.
    I had a screen keyboard active, but not this one from the taskbar??

  5. LNDN91
    November 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The Emojis work just fine in Chrome.

  6. Nomanic
    October 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    thank you so much for being the only source on the internet to differentiate between the scyDE layout on screen keyboard and the default on screen keyboard and how to access both. its taken a long time to find this info. Cheers.

  7. Wendy L
    March 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Worked for me. Thank you, now I can annoy everyone with Emojji filled emails.?

  8. Walt Thompson
    March 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Windows 10

    Cannot load an on-line emoji to taskbar at bottom of Gmail COMPOSE

  9. Susan
    February 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    The explanation didn't help! When rt clicking the task bar,
    show touch keyboard button" wasn't even an option. It would have been more helpful if this article included screen shots for each step. Showing the keyboard only helps if you can get there in the first place!

  10. filly
    January 26, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Why does this not work with an external keyboard??

  11. Neya
    January 3, 2017 at 11:19 am


  12. Thea
    December 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you!

  13. lynn
    December 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

    My windows phone doesn't save emoji as favorites so have to keep going into various sections to find my often used emoji Can you he

  14. jk
    August 29, 2016 at 5:25 am

    yaa its working thank you ???

  15. Maxime
    August 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Nice ?

  16. right1
    August 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    it's pasting plain emoji's not the colored pics shown into Outlook 2016!? This is only place I'd regularly use emoji's so if not supported there then waste of time!???

  17. VP
    August 10, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Piece of cake . Thanks!!!

  18. Lidor
    August 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    try this web

  19. Michelle
    July 30, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Found it Thanks! ?

  20. Lisa Kramer Taruschio
    June 3, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Cannot get touch keyboard at all no matter what I do it does not come up--running Chrome Windows 10.So can't upload, save, use new emoj is. Please advise.

  21. Marketing
    April 18, 2016 at 6:29 am

    ? Thank for the tips ?

  22. Karol
    March 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    ??? it works! Thanks for the guide!

  23. martina
    December 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

    how to get my hearts emojis, appears the smiley face I got all the emojis but when I click the heart emoji does not appear anything what to do ?

    Thank you so much,

  24. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

    "Hopefully a future update of Windows 10 will patch in support for these within the touch keyboard."
    - The latest fast ring build apparently has diverse emojis, so MS are definitely delivering updates as new emojis come along.

    The selection is still nowhere near what you get on Android keyboards though.

    • Joe Keeley
      September 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Glad to hear that! Thanks for letting us know, Judah.

  25. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Now if Google Chrome could support emojis correctly on Windows..

    • LNDN91
      November 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Chrome + Emoji works fine here...?

      • m-p{3}
        November 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        Yeah, 2 years later it seems to work fine.

        • LNDN91
          November 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm

          Lol didn't see it was already 2 years old. Thought it was written because of the new windows 10 update. My bad..