MacOS Emoji Support
macOS supports emoji on 10.7 Lion and above. 10.6 Snow Leopard and below did not have support for emoji.
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OS X 10.9 Mavericks and above include a handy emoji-picker tool, while OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and below included an option to add emoji to the Character Palette.
Follow these instructions to use emojis on a Mac. It’s quick, and built in.
1. Go to any text field, then press the following keys at the same time:
- Control ^
- Command ⌘
Alternatively, this same feature is available under Edit > Emoji & Symbols
2. An emoji insertion palette will appear. Click any emoji to insert it at the location of your cursor.
3. If you want to see more emojis, either scroll up and down the list, or click another category listed at the bottom of the palette.
4. Tip: If you click-and-hold on some emojis, you get a choice of skin tone. Release on the skin tone of your choice:
Note: Only some emojis are enabled for diverse skin tones. This is mostly the human-looking characters. Families do not currently support skin tone modifiers, while the different 💏 Kiss, 💑 Couple with Heart, and 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands are the only multi-person emojis to support skin tone options as of macOS 11.3.
Create a palette
To insert more than one emoji without the picker disappearing each time, you need to turn the picker into a palette.
Drag and drop any of the empty space in the emoji picker interface to create a floating emoji palette. This can be placed anywhere on your screen, and closed by clicking the X close button.
Here is a list of each category of emoji on macOS 11 Big Sur and above:
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