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Back in May 2019, Microsoft released a feature update to Windows 10, and included in that update was added emojis. While they are nothing new, Emoji 12.0 brought what Microsoft calls “emojis everywhere” and also kaomojis. Now, you may be asking, what is a kaomoji? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Translated from Japanese, it means “face characters” and are ways to create faces using only text. Quite a few of these have become popular on the internet in recent years.

If your PC has the May 2019 update installed (version 1903), you can access these emojis, kaomojis, and a list of symbols at any time by pressing the WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon) keys. A window will pop up and you can choose from almost any emoji or character you can think of.

Inside the emoji window, users have the ability to search by keywords for specific emojis. As an example, if “ice” is typed in, every emoji relating to ice will result from the search. With Emoji 12.0, compatibility is also not an issue and these emojis work in Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. While they may not look exactly the same across all 5, the fact that they work almost every time is awesome. While not everyone will be looking to use emojis while communicating, it’s nice that Windows has finally made it easier to do so 👌.


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