Enable Emoji Picker in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there is a special feature which allows entering Emoji easily. With a hotkey, you can open the Emoji Panel and pick the emoji you want. Unfortunately, it is restricted to the US language. Here is how you can unlock it for all languages.

Emojis are smileys and ideograms used in apps, mostly in chats and instant messengers. Smileys themselves are a very old idea. Initially, they were implemented by static images and animated GIFs for web pages and instant messaging apps mostly. Modern smileys, a.k.a. "Emojis", are usually implemented in Unicode fonts and sometimes as images. They are supported by tons of apps on mobile platforms natively although in Windows Desktop apps, color emoji support is rare unless the app supports DirectWrite. Android, iOS and Windows starting with Windows 8 can render emojis via Unicode fonts.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, Microsoft has simplified the process of entering and finding emoji using a physical keyboard connected to your computer.

Windows 10 Open Emoji Panel

The procedure is covered in the article

Enter Emoji from Keyboard in Windows 10 with Emoji Panel

Here is how to unlock the emoji picker for all languages. Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges.

To enable Emoji Picker in Windows 10 for all languages, do the following.

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Input\Settings

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.Enable Emoji Picker Registry Key

  3. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value data to 1.Windows 10 Enable Emoji Picker
  4. Restart Windows 10.

Now, press Win + . to open the Emoji panel while in any text field, e.g. in Notepad. Alternatively, you can press Win + ;. Here is how it looks.

Windows 10 Emoji Picker Enabled

This tweak may not work on certain non-U.S. versions of Windows 10. The search function in the emoji picker may not work. Finally, due to a non-US language, the shortcut key combination may not work in your Windows version (via WindowsCentral).

To save you time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. Use the option Behavior\Enable Emoji Picker to enable or disable it for all languages with one click.

Tweaker Emoji Picker

You can download Winaero Tweaker here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

Alternatively, you can download the following Registry files:

Download Ready-to-use Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

Please let us know in the comments if this Registry tweak works for you and which Windows version you are running.

5 thoughts on “Enable Emoji Picker in Windows 10

  1. EBIN

    Czech here. Works for me! Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Great!

      Reply
  2. ironside

    working . UK, thank you

    Reply
  3. Gabriele

    Italian here, working great.

    Is there a way to make the panel sticky even after pressing an emoji? That would be great

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I haven’t found any way yet.

      Reply

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