Use Emoji in Folder and File Names in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can use Emojis in the name of a file or folder. This can be done with the help of the built-in Emoji Panel feature, that allows picking any emoji you want. Here's how.


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

Before proceeding, please keep in mind that there are a number of special characters that you cannot use for file or folder names. You must avoid using the following special characters: ` ~ @ # $ % ^ & ( ) = + [ ] { } | ; : , ‘ “ . < > / ?.

To use Emoji in Folder and File Names in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the object that you want to rename. It can be a file, folder, or drive.
  3. Press F2 or select Rename from the context menu to edit the item's name.Windows 10 Start File Rename
  4. While renaming, press the Win + . or Win + ; keys to open the Emoji Panel.
  5. Select the desired emojis. You can enter a combination of them.Windows 10 Use Emoji In File Name
  6. Hit the Enter key to confirm the change and exit the file name editor.

Emoji In File Name

Note: It will be hard to access files and folder with emoji in names via the command prompt. With default settings, the command prompt app of Windows 10 can't render emoji properly. However, it is still possible to access them by using the name auto-completion feature. You can repeatedly press the Tab key until you see the file name you need.

Emoji In Command Prompt

Tip: In File Explorer, which is the default File Manager in all modern Windows versions, you won't find a special button to rename files one after the other. However, it can still be done using the keyboard. See the following articles:

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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