How to Use the Built-In Windows Emoji Keyboard

by | Feb 27, 2020 | Windows

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

Handy Emoji Search and Keyboard

Time needed: 1 minute.

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. Position the text cursor where you want to insert the emoji character.

    Tip: This works just about anywhere in Windows 10 where you can enter text.

  2. Press Windows . (period).

  3. Start typing to search for an emoji character.

    Tip: Use the arrow keys (←→↑↓) to navigate results in the emoji pane.
    Note: You can also just click or tap any emoji, of course, to insert it.

  4. Press Enter to enter the emoji currently in focus.

    Tip: Type again to search for more emoji.
    More: Click the Kaomoji tab to find kaomoji (as well as classic smileys made of ASCII characters) and Symbols to insert special characters.
    Press

  5. Press Esc to close the emoji pane.

Full-Sized Windows 10 Emoji Keyboard

To open a full-sized emoji keyboard on Windows 10:

  1. Make sure the Touch keyboard button is visible in the Windows taskbar.
    Tip: 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.
    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 (🙂).
    Click the Emoji button
  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.
    Click the desired emoji character
  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 Version 1909; updated February 2020; title image: StockUnlimited)