How to access the emoji keyboard on Mac

An image of the emoji keyboard being used on Mac
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You'll definitely want to know about the built-in emoji keyboard on Mac. After all, for most of us, emoji have become part of our everyday lives. Whether you're emailing on one of the best laptops or messaging on one of the best phones, how else can you convey emotion in otherwise contextless messages?

You'll no doubt be familiar with how to bring up the emoji keyboard on your iPhone. But did you know there is an emoji keyboard built into macOS?

Just like on your smartphone, with a couple of taps on your keyboard, you can access the entire suite of emoji on your Mac.

It's super easy to access the emoji keyboard on Mac. Here's how.

How to access the emoji keyboard on Mac

1. Press Ctrl + Cmd + Space.

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You can now access the entire emoji keyboard as you'd find on your smartphone or other device. Use the bar at the bottom to scroll through the different emoji category and click on the emoji you'd like to use. That's really all there is to it.

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Now you know how to access the emoji keyboard on Mac, why not also learn how to type emoji on Windows? If you'd like to read more Apple-themed tutorials, check out our guide on how to clear the cache on Mac. This will help you clear out unnecessary cached files and free up a little performance. Need to convert an image super fast? Learn how to quickly convert image files on Mac.

If your iPhone is a little sluggish, learn how to clear the cache on Mac and how to reset the SMC on an Intel MacBook Pro — these may help with stuttering issues. If you just bought a new iPhone, you should definitely learn how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, to make sure everything moves across to the new device safely.

Peter Wolinski
Editor, How To & Cameras

Peter is Editor of the How To and Camera sections at Tom's Guide. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhounds, obsessively detailing his car, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots.