When writing a social media post, a message in the group chat on WhatsApp (those WhatsApp emoji reactions have proven popular) or similar, users have become accustomed to having a range of options beyond simply typing words at their fingertips. With these features functioning as shorthand for long-winded expressions, it’s crucial that they’re easy to find. On the Twitter app, for instance, an appropriate Emoji GIF can be added to a tweet simply by hitting the smiling or GIF buttons from the Tweet menu, and the ample catalogs for whatever you’re feeling.
Chromebook users will be glad to know that, similarly, Emojis are never more than a keyboard shortcut, click or tap away. To begin, simply start typing in a dialogue window. When you arrive at the point where you need to sign off with an emoji, right click, press Search, Space and Shift to reach the convenient but rather hidden emoji window. There’s a search function, and familiar options for activity-based emoji, food and drink-based emoji, holiday-based emoji and so many more can also be scrolled through manually.
This is a keyboard shortcut to the dedicated Emoji option from the context menu. It’s directly accessible via a right click while typing in an appropriate box.