Bottom Line: Learn how to get instant access to the emoji and GIF menu with a Windows shortcut.
Skill Level: Beginner
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I've got a simple Excel trick that's sure to be a treat for you. It's a keyboard shortcut that takes you straight to the emoji and gif menu. Just hold down the Windows key and then press the period key.
⊞ + .
The menu opens with your recently used emojis on top.
By clicking on the second icon (the smiley face), the menu will change to show emoji categories you choose from. These categories are:
- Smiley Faces and Animals
- Celebration and Objects
- Food and Plants
- Transportation and Places
Select a category and you can scroll through the emoji options that are presented.
You can also type a keyword into the search bar to jump directly to the emojis you're looking for.
You can navigate to the emoji you want using the arrow keys. Then hit Enter to select it, and the emoji will be added to your document.
The same process applies for GIFs as well.
In fact, you'll notice that you can also use this menu to summon symbols, clipboard history (recent items you've copied), or even kaomoji, which is a collection of characters and punctuation that look like facial expressions:
- (▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿)
The emoji menu is available on any Windows application, so ⊞ + . is a good shortcut to memorize.
Let's be frank. Instant access to emojis and gifs using a simple keyboard shortcut is an awesome treat that will last throughout the year. 🍬🍭🍫
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