Windows comes with a keyboard for smiley characters. Find out here where to find it and how to use the built-in Windows emoji keyboard to enter emojis everywhere.

First, a Haiku

The pond ripples as
dragonflies kiss the water
Two dots and a line

How to Use the Built-In Windows Emoji Keyboard

To bring up the free and built-in emoji keyboard on Windows 10 and enter special characters into any text field (emails, say, text or a browser window):

  1. Make sure the Touch keyboard button is visible in the Windows taskbar.
    • If you do not see the Touch keyboard button, click on the taskbar with the right mouse button and select Show touch keyboard button from the menu that has appeared. If you bring up the menu again, the item should be checked.
  2. Click the Touch keyboard button.
  3. Now click or tap the Emojis button in the on-screen keyboard that has appeared; the button sports a smiling emoticon (🙂).
  4. Find the desired emoji character using the category buttons at the bottom and the left (⬅️) and right (➡️) buttons on the left.
  5. Click or tap a character to insert it.
  6. Close the touch keyboard window.

How to Use the Built-In Windows Emoji Keyboard: FAQ

The Windows touch keyboard does not show; what can I do?

To troubleshoot opening the Windows emoji keyboard:

1. Look for the Touch keyboard button.

  1. Make sure the Touch keyboard button is enabled and visible.
  2. Click the Touch keyboard button in the task bar.

Clicking it yields no result?

2. Try restarting the Windows TabletInputService service:

  1. Click on the Windows task bar with the right mouse button.
  2. Select Task Manager from the menu that has appeared.
  3. Click More details if you see it in the Task Manager window.
  4. Go to the Services tab.
  5. Click on the TabletInputService entry (with Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service in the Description column) with the right mouse button.
  6. Select Restart or Start from the menu.

  7. Click the Touch keyboard button. (You may have to click twice.)

Do you get an error message when trying to start the service or the Touch keyboard still does not appear?

3. Make sure TabletInputService is not disabled in Windows:

  1. Click Open Services on the Task Manager’s Services tab.
  2. Now click on the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service entry in the Services window with the right mouse button.
  3. Select Properties from the menu.
  4. Make sure Manual is selected under Startup type:.

  5. Click OK.
  6. Now click the Touch keyboard button again. (Yet again, you may have to click twice.)

(How to use the built-in Windows emoji keyboard tested with Windows 10; updated August 2017; title image: StockUnlimited)