How to Type Emoji in Microsoft Word Windows and Mac?

Microsoft Word is indisputable application in documentation world. When preparing documentations, you can easily insert emoji in Microsoft Word. No matter you use Windows or macOS, follow the below instructions to inert emoji in Microsoft Word.

Related: How to insert emoji in Microsoft Outlook?

Insert Emoji in Microsoft Word Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with an emoji keyboard that you can use to insert emoji on Word and other applications.

  • Open your Word document and position the cursor where you want to insert emoji.
  • Press, “Windows Logo + Dot” keys or “Windows Logo + Colon” keys.
  • This will show a pop-up with all popular emoji symbols.
  • Type the word and the keyboard will automatically filter relevant emoji symbols for you. Alternatively, you can also search from the emoji keyboard.
  • After finding the symbol, click on it to insert on the cursor position on your document.
Weather Emoji Symbols in Windows 10
Weather Emoji Symbols in Windows 10

You can also use the keyboard keys to insert emoji quickly. Use tab to highlight the emoji or category, arrow to move left or right and enter key to insert the highlighted emoji.

Customizing Emoji Symbols in Word

When you insert emoji, Word will default show in black font color. This is in contrast what you will see a colorful emoji in the keyboard. Don’t worry!!! Emojis are like regular text characters in Word; therefore, you can customize the color and size as per your need. You can also use text art decorations like reflection, glowing and shadows for emoji.

Below is an example of how emoji look when you insert and with the custom color.

Custom Emoji in Microsoft Word Document
Custom Emoji in Microsoft Word Document

Other Options to Find Emoji in Windows PC

The emoji keyboard is only available in Windows 10 PC. In fact, you can also insert kaomoji text emoticons using the same utility on the latest Windows 10 versions. However, if you are using Windows 7 / 8 or not convenient with the emoji keyboard, you can few other options in Word.

Using Alt Codes for Emojis in Word

Unicode consortium is a non-profit organization that allocates a unique hexadecimal code point for each emoji. They also approve and release new emojis to add in to the existing list. The idea is to standardize the characters and use on all devices without variations. You can use the alt code on the keyboard along with Unicode decimal or hexadecimal code point to insert emoji in Word documents.

Alt Code with Decimal Code Point

Let us take an example of thinking face emoji ?. The Unicode hexadecimal point for this emoji is U+1F914 and the decimal equivalent is 129300. You can use Alt + 129300 to insert thinking face emoji in Word documents. This works flawlessly with the keyboards having separate numeric pad. If you are using the number keys inside keyboard with number lock then most cases work with addition key like Fn + Alt + 129300.

Get the complete list of alt code shortcuts for 1000+ emojis.

Alt Code with Hexadecimal Point

Microsoft allows using the hexadecimal code point directly in Word with different alt key combination. You have to enter the code and press alt with x keys to convert it into emoji. For thinking face emoji, you need to type 1F914 and press alt and x keys.

Character Viewer and Symbol Utility

In addition to emoji keyboard and alt code, you can the Character Viewer app and Symbol utility to find emoji symbol in Microsoft Word.

  • Use Windows search box and open Character Viewer app. You can copy the emoji and other symbols and paste on your Word document.
  • When you are in Word document, go to “Insert” menu and click on “Symbols > More Symbols” option. You can also find emoji symbols from this utility. It is also possible that you can assign a keyboard shortcut for specific emoji to insert quickly in Word.
Symbol Dialog Box in Word
Symbol Dialog Box in Word

Insert Emoji in Word Office 365 Version in macOS

Similar to Windows 10, Mac also allows you to insert emoji using the default emoji keyboard and with other methods.

Using Emoji Keyboard to Insert Emoji

  • Open Microsoft Word document and position the cursor where you want to insert emoji.
  • Press “Command + Control + Space” keys to open emoji keyboard in Mac, which is a Character Viewer app in macOS.
  • Click on the command symbol on top right corner to expand the Character Viewer to larger view.
  • Use the search box to find your favorite emoji or navigate through different categories to find the symbol.
  • After finding the symbol, double click on it to insert on your Word document.

Choosing Font Variations

You can choose the variation of the symbols in different fonts from Character Viewer. You can see the available font variations under the preview on the right pane. Depending up on the selected symbol, you can find few or few hundreds font variations.

Remember, when using font variations, the selected font may not be available on other computers, especially on Windows. You need to consider this point especially if you are sharing the document with Windows users. You can either save the document including the font or only use the generic emoji symbol without font variation.

Using Advanced Symbols

Office 365 has different interface than the previous Word versions. You can go to “Insert > Advanced Symbols” to view the “Symbols” utility. Find the symbol you want insert though all these symbols are not emoji.

Insert Symbols in Mac Word Office 365
Insert Symbols in Mac Word Office 365

Using Icons in Word Office 365

In addition to emoji symbols, you can also insert icons in Office 365 Word for Mac. Go to “Insert > Icons” to load available icons from the cloud server. You can search and insert your favorite icons that will look similar to emojis. It is also possible to customize the icons with different colors and font size.

Inserting Icons in Mac Word Office 365
Inserting Icons in Mac Word Office 365

Emoji Display in Word Documents

Besides the font variations, Windows 10 and Mac also display the emojis in different format. As mentioned above, Windows will display black font emoji in Word documents while Mac will display colorful emoji as you see in the Character Viewer. Hence, the emoji symbols in Word document may look different when viewed in Windows 10 and on Mac. Below are some examples, if you find display problems use Symbol font in Apple and Wingdings / Webdings font in Windows.

Emoji Display Difference in Windows and Mac Word
Emoji Display Difference in Windows and Mac Word

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