How to do emojis on Macbook Air

How to do emojis on Macbook Air? (Quick Guide 2023)

Emojis have become essential for adding feelings to our messages, but using them on Macs can be tricky since they lack emoji buttons. People sometimes switch to iPhones just to insert emojis like “face with tears of joy.” But emojis are more than just fun – they’re powerful in marketing. Surveys show that when emojis are used in ads, 42% of emoji users are more likely to buy something. Emojis also help us connect with others in a friendly way. Whether you’re chatting with friends or creating ads, learning how to use emojis on your Mac is valuable.

 Emojis have gone beyond just decoration; they’ve become a big part of how we talk online, changing how we connect. I am writing this article because I want you all to know how could you add feeling in chat by adding emojis to your Macbook Air.

How to do emojis on Macbook Air

How can we add emojis on the Macbook Air?

Here are some ways through which we can easily add emojis to our Macbook Air:

Accessing Emojis

To use emojis, I open the Character Viewer, which has a lot of symbols and emojis.

Opening the Character Viewer: There are several ways I can do this:

  • I click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Emoji & Symbols.”
  • I can simply press the keyboard shortcut Control-Command-Space.
  • If I see the Input menu in the menu bar, I click on it and choose “Show Emoji & Symbols.”
  • Or, if my keyboard has a Globe key, I just press it along with the letter E, and voilà, emojis!

Customizing the Character Viewer

I can make it look the way I want by clicking the expand/collapse button or using the Action pop-up menu in the upper-left corner.

Browsing and Picking Emojis 

To find the emoji I want, I use the buttons at the bottom (if it’s collapsed) or on the left edge (if it’s expanded). For some emojis, especially those showing people, I click and hold to see more options. And if I know the name or code for an emoji, I just type it in the search field.

Inserting Emojis

When I’ve found the perfect emoji, I position my cursor where I want it in my document and then click on the emoji in the viewer. If the viewer is big, I simply double-click the emoji.

Using the Touch Bar

If my MacBook has a Touch Bar, I can tap the emoji icon there and choose the emoji I want to add to my document.


 If there are emojis I use all the time, I make them favorites. I do this by expanding the viewer, selecting the emoji, and clicking “Add to Favourites.” If I see “Favourites” in the sidebar, I can also drag the emoji there.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

If I’m feeling extra efficient, I set up keyboard shortcuts for my most-used emojis. I go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text and add a shortcut. 

Menu Bar Access

If I prefer using the menu bar, I enable the emoji keyboard there. I go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources and check the box next to “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar.”

Quick Access: For speedy emoji action, I use the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + Space when I’m in a text field. It pops up the emoji picker instantly.

 You can use these methods to add emojis to your text for a fun chat!


In the end, emojis are fantastic for adding emotions and fun to our messages on a Macbook Air.  Mac doesn’t have emoji buttons on the keyboard, but once you learned how to use the Character Viewer and keyboard shortcuts, You became good at using emojis. Emojis aren’t just decorations anymore; they bring life and emotions to the online chats. So, I love adding emojis to my messages to make them more charming and exciting! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Adding emojis on my Mac or MacBook is easy and simple. All we have to do is press Ctrl+CMD+Space, which is the default shortcut, and just like that, the emoji keyboard pops up right in front of us. 

Anyone, including me, can suggest a new emoji, and it won’t cost anything. The steps for proposing are explained on the Unicode Consortium website. My proposal should show that the emoji I suggest would be useful, look different from others, and not be a copy of existing ones.

If the emoji keyboard isn’t showing up, then there’s no need to worry! I can easily fix it by adjusting some settings. All I have to do is click the Apple icon in my menu bar or use the icon in my Dock to open System Preferences. Next, I choose “Keyboard” and head to the “Keyboard” tab. In the dropdown menu next to “Press (globe key) to,” I simply pick “Show Emoji & Symbols.” That’s all there is to it!

Willaim Faulkner

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I’m William Faulkner, author of LaptopsU, a laptop & MacBook review blog. I’ve been writing about laptops & MacBook for over seven years now and I love it! In my reviews, I try to provide accurate information on the specs of each laptop & MacBook, as well as my opinion on how it performs.

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