Tip of the week # 610
22 June 2020

Open the emoji panel using your keyboard (Windows 10) *

Love them or loathe them, but smileys or winking faces can help clarify the tone of the written conversation, preventing the recipient of your message from negatively interpreting it. You obviously need to think twice whether you want to use an emoji in business emails, especially if you don't know the person very well, but if you do want to use them did you know Windows 10 has a great shortcut to open the emoji panel?

Here's how:

  1. Open your application as normal, such as MS Word or Outlook.
  2. Press WIN + full stop (.)
  3. Use the Search button or click through the various categories next to the magnifying glass to find an appropriate emoji and click to insert it.

By the way, WIN + ; also opens the emoji panel, which might be more intuitive if you are used to using the semicolon to type a winking face.

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* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.