The Absolute Easiest Way to Use Emojis on Mac OS X

Did you know that the emoticon is over 30 years old The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] In 2012, the emoticon as we know it turned thirty years old. A lot of us take it for granted that we can convey emotion through text using constructs like :) and :( and O_O,... Read More ? It’s weird to think that the modern emoji has roots that go back more than a couple decades, but it is what it is — and nowadays, the emoji has become a standard form of communication 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 that everyone needs to know about.

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Indeed, emojis are powerful enough to transcend language and culture 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 , so if you aren’t using them, one could say that you’re limiting your potential for self-expression in this digital age. But no worries! If you’re on OS X, Apple has made it trivially easy to join in on the fun.


Here’s how easy it is: At any point, press Command + Control + Space.

Doing so brings up an emoji dashboard of sorts, allowing you to browse through all of the standard ones and effortlessly pick whichever one you need for the situation. Whether you’re sending an email, talking in a chatroom, or posting a Facebook update, it comes in handy.

Yup, that’s it.

Can you believe that this feature actually debuted in OS X back when 10.7 Lion was released? Yet so many people don’t know about it, and even fewer people actually use it. Microsoft didn’t have emoji support until Windows 10 How to Find Emojis in Windows 10 The language of the emoji unites us all. Smiley faces have been popular since the 90s, but their breakthrough came with smartphones. Now Windows 10 added more colorful emojis and here's how you find them. Read More .

And if you have an iOS device, remember that you can easily unlock a hidden emoticon keyboard How to Unlock the Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone We all love emoji, but did you know that you can access a ton of retro emoticon faces on your iPhone right now? Read More on that as well.

Do you use emojis a lot? Which ones are your favorite? Got any other emoji tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Lynn
    May 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I did not know this, and I thank you. ?

    • Joel Lee
      May 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

      You're welcome, Lynn. Glad it was helpful!