How to Use Emojis On Your Mac

Emojis floating above a laptop

My name is Melody, and I’m totally obsessed with emojis! 😍 🎉 💕 🙌🏻 I’m guessing I’m not alone….  Right?

What’s an emoji? We use them all the time, but may not really know what they are. An emoji is “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication”. That is the Google search definition. Here’s what they look like: 😀 ☕️ 🏈 ✈️

What do emojis mean? Emojipedia can help you with that! Most of them are pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re looking for specific information on each emoji, check out the Emojipedia.

Why would we want to use them? From, we use emojis to “increase the precision and nuance of our often super-brief and open-to-misunderstanding communications. They are mostly understood in context. They help us to add tone and clarity to our communication.”

Plus, I think they’re fun to use on my student’s piano lesson assignment sheets, which I always type for them on my Mac. So much fun!! 🎹🎵😊

Emojis are SUPER easy to use when you’re on your phone, but what if you’re on your Mac and want to insert an emoji How do you do that? Maybe you already know how to do this, and I’m super-late to the party! 😄 But when I was trying to insert an emoji into a Google Sheets document I was working on this morning, I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I did a quick search, the 💡 (lightbulb) came on for me, so I wanted to share the ❤️ (love) with you!

How to insert emojis when using your Mac:

Step 1: Place your cursor where you would like to insert the emoji.

Step 2: Type Control+Command+Spacebar all at the same time, and the emoji menu will appear.

Step 3: Select “Emoji” in the left column.

Step 4: Select the category in the next column

Step 5: Scroll down until you find what you’re looking for

Step 6: Double-click the emoji you want to use, and ta-da! The emoji is magically inserted into whatever document you’re working on! 🎹

These screen shots were taken as I was typing this brief tutorial, so you can use emojis in WordPress, Keynote, Google Docs, Facebook, Instagram, wherever you’re typing when you’re on your Mac! This is a total game-changer for me, especially on Instagram, which I mainly visit and curate from my Mac! Windows friends, I am not a PC user, so I can’t say exactly how you would insert emojis on your PC, but I’m SURE there is a really simple way. A quick Google search can help!

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Hi! I’m Melody Payne, a pianist and piano teacher, educational resource author, a fun-loving wife to the most wonderful and talented hubby I could ask for, and a lifelong learner who loves to share. I want to make your life as a music teacher easier by writing and sharing helpful and relevant music teaching articles, and by creating educational resources with your very own students in mind. If you are a parent who wants to enroll your child in piano lessons, I’d love for us to get started building those skills that can give your child a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

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