Introduction To Emoji
Emoji are the ideograms or smileys 😃 used in electronic messages and Web pages. Originating in Japan on mobile devices, they are now commonly available on devices worldwide, ranging from mobile to desktop computers.
Different operating systems have distinct methods of accessing emoji. Note that these methods work in most applications, not just WordPress.
Emoji are not Smileys
Not quite. Emoji are a newer development than smileys (a.k.a. emoticons). They are created differently, and handled differently by operating systems and web browsers. For more information about smileys, please see the Using Smileys page.
Using Emoji on Mobile
iOS (iPhones, iPads, etc. running iOS 5 and higher)
Follow these instructions to turn the Emoji keyboard on (as of iOS 8 it is enabled by default):
- Go into the Settings app
- Select "General"
- Select "Keyboards"
- Tap the Keyboard button, then "Add New Keyboard"
- Scroll down and select "Emoji"
After you've done this, you will now see a small "smiley face" icon to the left of the space bar when typing. (If you have multiple keyboards enabled, you may see a globe icon instead.) Tap on this to switch to the Emoji keyboard.
There is a smiley face button in the lower right corner of the keyboard. Tap this to access emoji.
Using Emoji on Desktops
Windows 8 or higher
To access emoji in Windows, you have to perform a one-time setup first.
- In Desktop mode, right-click the Taskbar
- Select "Toolbars"
- Select "Touch Keyboard"
A new icon will appear in the System Tray (lower right corner of your screen) that looks like a keyboard.
After that, when you want to type an emoji, just click on that icon and an onscreen keyboard will appear. Click the smiley face next to the space bar, and the alphanumeric keyboard will change to an emoji keyboard.
Windows 7 and below
Emoji are not built-in to older versions of Windows, but you can use them manually by copying and pasting them into your text:
- go to getemoji.com
- select an emoji as you would do with regular text and copy it
- paste it into your content
Mac OS X (10.7 or higher)
- Click the Edit menu
- Select "Special Characters"
- A small popup keyboard will appear allowing access to emoji and many other special characters.
You can also access this popup by pressing ⌘-control-space.
Beyond the standard emoticon-type "smileys", (e.g. 😃 or 😢) there are hundreds of emoji, ranging from plants and animals (🐱, 🐴, 🌹) to people (👫, 💁), objects (🎥, 🎃), vehicles (🚕), food (🍔), the Sun and Moon, and more.