How to Use Emoji in Mac OS X Mavericks

In the past, we’ve shown you how to use Emoji characters on your Mac without installing any type of software. However, in OS X Mavericks, Emoji is accessed a little differently. Don’t worry, it’s actually much easier and more convenient than before. So, here is how you to access and use Emoji in Mac OS X Mavericks.

1. Click in a text area – wherever you’d like to insert an Emoji character. For instance, you may want to include one in a tweet via the Notification Center.

2. Press the following keys on your keyboard altogether: Control + Command + Spacebar. You should now see small window pop-up containing Emoji characters.

The Emoji characters window in Mac OS X Mavericks.

Much like on a mobile device, you can switch between people, nature, objects, places, symbols, and more; plus you can access your recently used and favorite Emoji characters.

3. Click on a character to insert it into the text area and the window will disappear. Then use the keyboard shortcuts to bring up the window again if needed.

While some may think this is a kind of useful feature, others are sure to find it very handy – especially since you can also insert letterlike symbols, technical symbols and bullets/stars from the same window.

Image Credit: Mark McLaughlin