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How to Get Emojis on a Chromebook / on ChromeOS

We show you how to use Emojis on Chromebooks using a mouse, trackpack, keyboard, and the on-screen keyboard.


Chromebooks, known for their simplicity and efficiency, also offer robust emoji support, allowing users to express themselves in colorful and fun ways. Whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone who loves staying connected, learning how to use emojis on your Chromebook can enhance your digital communication experience.

On a Chromebook, emojis are not just limited to faces and common symbols. You have access to a wide range of emoticons, including kaomoji, various symbols, and even different currency signs. This diversity allows for a more expressive and culturally inclusive form of communication.

Whether you’re using a traditional keyboard, a touchscreen, or a trackpad, there are multiple ways to access and use emojis. This tutorial will guide you through the simplest and most efficient methods to find and use emojis on your Chromebook.

How to Use Emojis on a Chromebook With Mouse or Trackpad

Using a mouse or trackpad to access emojis on your Chromebook offers a straightforward and intuitive approach. This method is ideal for users who are more comfortable with point-and-click navigation, providing a seamless way to browse and select emojis.

  1. Right-click and select “Emoji” in the context menu
    Chromebook - Notepad - Emoji
  2. Choose the Emoji to add it where the cursor is located
    Click the keyboard button on the bottom right to close the Emoji panel of ChromeOS.
    Chromebook - Notepad - Emoji - Choose - Close
  3. The Emoji will be placed at the cursor position
    Chromebook - Notepad - Emoji - Result

How to Use Emojis on a Chromebook With a Keyboard Shortcut

If you’re all about efficiency and speed, using keyboard shortcuts to access emojis on your Chromebook is your go-to method.

  1. Click to place the cursor where you want to add an Emoji
    Chromebook - Notepad - Click On
  2. Press “Search/Launcher” + “Shift” + “Space” to open the ChromeOS Emoji panel
    Chromebook - Google - Click On - Keyboard

How to Use Emojis on a Chromebook With the On-Screen Keyboard

This method is particularly useful for users who frequently switch between laptop and tablet modes or prefer the direct interaction of a touchscreen. The on-screen keyboard method provides a familiar and user-friendly interface, similar to smartphones, making it easy to select and use emojis.

  1. Click the menu button and open ChromeOS “Settings”
    Chromebook - Menu - Settings
  2. Open “Advanced” and select “Accessibility”
    Chromebook - Menu - Settings - Advanced - Accessibility
  3. Selec “Manage accessibility features”
    Chromebook - Menu - Settings - Advanced - Accessibility - Manage
  4. Turn the toggle on for “Enable on-screen keyboard”
    Chromebook - Menu - Settings - Advanced - Accessibility - Manage - Enable On-Screen Keyboard
  5. Click the Keyboard button on the taskbar
    Chromebook - On-Screen Keyboard
  6. Click the Emoji-button on the on-screen keyboard to show the Emoji-panel
    Chromebook - On-Screen Keyboard - Emojis Icon

  7. Choose the Emoji to add it where the cursor is located
    Click the keyboard button on the bottom right to close the Emoji panel of ChromeOS.
    Chromebook - Notepad - Click On - Keuboard - Choose Emoji - Close

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Using Emojis on a Chromebook

Can I use emoji shortcuts or codes on a Chromebook like on other platforms?

Unlike some platforms that allow textual shortcuts (e.g., 🙂 for a smiley face), ChromeOS does not natively support this feature. To use emojis, you need to manually access the emoji panel through one of the methods detailed in the main tutorial, such as the right-click context menu, keyboard shortcuts, or the on-screen keyboard. For quicker access, familiarize yourself with the keyboard shortcut “Search/Launcher” + “Shift” + “Space”, which is a fast way to bring up the emoji panel during typing.

How do I add emojis to emails when using a Chromebook?

When composing an email on a Chromebook, you can insert emojis by first placing your cursor in the desired location within the email body. Then, access the emoji panel by right-clicking and selecting “Emoji” from the context menu, using the “Search/Launcher” + “Shift” + “Space” keyboard shortcut, or via the on-screen keyboard’s emoji button if you’re in tablet mode or have the on-screen keyboard enabled. This functionality should work across various email platforms accessed through a browser or supported email apps on ChromeOS.

Is it possible to customize the frequently used emojis section on a Chromebook?

The “frequently used” or “recently used” emojis section in the emoji panel on ChromeOS is dynamically updated based on your emoji usage patterns and cannot be manually customized. The system automatically populates this section with emojis that you use frequently to provide quicker access to your favorites. If you consistently use certain emojis, they will naturally appear in this section over time.

How can I find gender-neutral or diverse emojis on my Chromebook?

ChromeOS’s emoji panel includes a diverse range of emojis, including various skin tones, gender options, and inclusive representations. To find these, you can manually browse through the emoji categories in the panel. If the emoji panel supports searching (this can depend on your ChromeOS version), you can also type keywords related to the emoji you’re looking for, such as “person,” “worker,” or specific activities, to find gender-neutral options and diverse representations.

Can emojis be used in the names of WiFi networks or Bluetooth devices on a Chromebook?

Generally, WiFi network names (SSIDs) and Bluetooth device names adhere to specific character sets that exclude emojis due to protocol standards and compatibility issues across different devices. It’s advisable to use alphanumeric characters and some special characters to ensure broad compatibility and avoid connection issues.

Are there any keyboard extensions or apps for ChromeOS that offer enhanced emoji features?

The Chrome Web Store offers various keyboard extensions and apps that provide additional emoji features, such as expanded emoji libraries or predictive emoji typing. However, the availability and functionality of these extensions can vary, and it’s important to read user reviews and check for compatibility with your Chromebook model. Always ensure any app or extension you install is from a reputable developer to maintain the security and performance of your device.

How do I fix issues with emojis not displaying correctly on my Chromebook?

If emojis are not displaying correctly on your Chromebook, first ensure your device is updated to the latest version of ChromeOS, as updates often include enhancements and fixes for emoji display issues. If problems persist, try restarting your Chromebook. For issues within specific apps, check if those apps have updates or settings that might affect emoji display. If the issue is widespread and not resolved by these steps, consider reaching out to ChromeOS support for further assistance.

Can I use voice typing to insert emojis on a Chromebook?

ChromeOS’s voice typing feature is primarily designed for text dictation and might not support specific commands for inserting emojis. To insert emojis, you will likely need to use one of the manual insertion methods. However, as voice recognition technology evolves, future updates to ChromeOS might enhance voice typing capabilities, including emoji insertion.

How do I prevent emojis from automatically replacing text in certain apps on my Chromebook?

Automatic emoji replacement is typically controlled within individual apps and not by ChromeOS itself. If you notice emojis automatically replacing text (like 🙂 turning into a smiley face emoji) in certain apps, explore the app’s settings or preferences for an option to disable emoji auto-replacement or auto-correction features. This setting might be labeled differently depending on the app, so look for terms related to text input, typing, or language.

Is there a quick way to close the emoji panel without using the mouse or trackpad on a Chromebook?

If you prefer not to use the mouse or trackpad to close the emoji panel, pressing the “Esc” key on your keyboard is a quick and effective method. Additionally, using the same keyboard shortcut that you used to open the emoji panel (“Search/Launcher” + “Shift” + “Space”) can also toggle the panel closed, providing a seamless workflow for keyboard-centric users.

Can I access historical or removed emojis on my Chromebook?

The emoji selection on ChromeOS is based on the Unicode standard, which evolves over time. While ChromeOS updates include new emojis, they typically do not remove existing ones. However, if you’re looking for very specific or historical emoji designs, you might not find them as the standard and designs are updated. Emojis that are deprecated or changed in the Unicode standard may also be updated or replaced in ChromeOS with system updates.

How do I use emojis in Chromebook user account names or profiles?

ChromeOS typically restricts the use of emojis in user account names or profiles due to potential compatibility and display issues across different parts of the operating system and in various applications. It’s best to stick to alphanumeric characters for account names to ensure system stability and avoid any potential issues.

Are emoji reactions available in Chromebook messaging or collaboration apps?

The availability of emoji reactions is determined by the specific messaging or collaboration apps you use on your Chromebook, not by ChromeOS itself. Many popular apps, like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Google Chat, support emoji reactions within their ChromeOS versions or web interfaces. Check the app’s features or settings for emoji reaction options.

How can I teach children to use emojis responsibly on Chromebooks in educational settings?

Teaching children about responsible emoji use involves discussing the context and appropriateness of different emojis, encouraging empathy, and understanding the impact of digital communication. Educators and parents can create guidelines or lessons that explore the meanings behind emojis, the importance of digital etiquette, and how emojis can affect the tone of a message. Encouraging thoughtful and respectful communication can help children use emojis effectively and responsibly.

Is it possible to disable emoji usage on a Chromebook for distraction-free environments?

While ChromeOS does not provide a native feature to disable emojis entirely, certain apps or websites may offer settings or browser extensions that limit emoji display for a more focused and distraction-free environment. For educational or work purposes, setting guidelines or using productivity tools that minimize unnecessary features, including emojis, can help maintain focus and reduce distractions.

Extra: How To “Split Screen” on a Chromebook/on ChromeOS

The split screen feature on Chromebooks/ChromeOS is a useful function that allows users to view and work on two windows simultaneously. This can enhance productivity and multitasking, especially for tasks that require switching between different tabs or applications. There are different ways to use the split screen feature on Chromebooks, which we are all showing in detail in our other guide.
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Extra: How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebooks / ChromeOS / CloudReady

The screenshot function of Chromebooks used to be limited and only accessible using a weird keyboard shortcut. That changed a a while ago when Google released a dedicated tool to capture screenshots and videos of what is visible on your Chromebook. Our other tutorial shows you everything you need to know about taking screenshots on a Chromebook.
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Extra: How to Screen Record on a Chromebook / ChromeOS

Google finally included a native screen recorder for Chromebooks in 2020, and the feature has been on the stable channel for over two years. Not to mention, Google has also created a screencast software on Chrome OS, bringing enhanced screen recording with annotation, camera view, transcription, and other features to Chromebooks. You can find out how to record the screen on a Chromebook in our other guide.
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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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