Type Emoji Characters

In Lion you can easily add Emoji characters (smiley faces, hearts, graphic icons, etc) in text. Bring up the Characters palette with Command+Option+T and then select Emoji. Then select the type and double-click the character to insert it. Works best in rich text editors like TextEdit and Mail, but doesn’t seem to work yet in Pages.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Type Emoji Characters”

    Phil
    10/27/11 @ 10:25 am

    Command+Option+T only works for me when I go to the Spotlight and type those keys there. Typing them anywhere else, like on the desktop, doesn’t do anything. What am doing wrong?

      10/27/11 @ 10:55 am

      You wouldn’t do it on the Desktop. You have to do it when editing text. Try it in TextEdit or while composing a Mail message.

    Phil
    10/27/11 @ 10:52 am

    Actually, this is pretty much worthless unless you’re sending emails to others that you know use Mail as their email client. Most of the Emoji characters do not show up in other email clients (e.g., Outlook) and the ones that show up, are displayed as plain high-ascii characters (but there is no easy way of knowing which ones will display and which ones will not).

    Kim
    11/1/11 @ 9:59 am

    Gary, it does work in the TextEdit but not in the mail.At least for me but if I’m in
    mail, about the only place I will use this until iMessage comes out (hopefully)
    if I press (Command + T) it will bring up the fonts box and from their I can click
    the settings gear and then select characters. A bit of a pain but it works and I
    wouldn’t of known about the Emoji options if I didn’t read about this in your
    weekly newsletter. Sweet!!! Thanks Bro….

    Phil
    11/16/11 @ 3:34 pm

    Any way to make the Emoji Characters larger ?

      11/16/11 @ 3:40 pm

      They are just like any other text. Just change the font size. How you do that depends on what app you are using to type.

    Phil
    11/16/11 @ 4:07 pm

    Thank you Gary, the size tip works great. Command>option>T does not work in mail but it does work in text edit. All emoji’s work except for the flags, they just show up with initials. The American flag shows up as “US” with each letter in it’s own separate box. Any suggestions on how to fix that ?

      11/16/11 @ 4:23 pm

      Not sure. The flags show up OK for me in TextEdit.

    Phil
    11/16/11 @ 4:56 pm

    Flags in text edit seem to work now, still not working in mail. I switched from plain text to RTF and still nothing. Anyways, Thanks again for the tip, I never used emoji’s bcuz they were too small, now I may use them once in awhile.
    Have a great day !!!!

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