How to Type Emojis on a Chromebook

Chromebook How To Add Emoji

Emojis have revolutionized the way we communicate with others online. They add emotions to your text, which would otherwise be missing from digital communication. It’s quite easy to add emojis on any platform. But what about ChromeOS? Thankfully, it’s simple to add emojis on Chromebook. Let’s take a look at the different ways to type emojis on Chromebook.

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1. Using Trackpad

One of the easiest ways to type emojis on a Chromebook is with the trackpad, aka touchpad. Follow these steps to open the emoji panel and type emojis using the trackpad.

  1. Tap the trackpad with two fingers in the text field to open the context menu.
Chromebook keyboard and trackpad visible.
  1. Select “Emoji” from the menu.
Emoji menu activated from Chromebook trackpad.
  1. From the Emoji panel, select the preferred emoji to add to your document, email, chat, etc. You can also click on the symbols at the top to switch between different emoji categories.
Emoji choice on Chromebook.
  1. Alternatively, use the search to find the emoji of your choice. Enter the term describing your emoji in the search bar, then click on the emoji that you want to insert.
Searching for particular emoji on Chromebook.

Tip: learn how to fix the touchpad when it isn’t working on your Chromebook.

2. With Mouse Right-Click

If you have an external mouse connected to your Chromebook, right-click in the typing area to open the context menu, then select “Emoji” from the menu. Click on the preferred emoji to insert it instantly.

Context menu view with "Emoji" option.

3. Via the Keyboard Shortcut

For those who enjoy using keyboard shortcuts on Chromebook, you can type emojis using shortcuts.

Press the Search + Shift + Spacebar buttons on your keyboard at the same time to open the emoji panel. Select an emoji to insert it.

Note: on some Chromebooks, you may have to use the Launcher + Shift + Spacebar keyboard shortcut to get emojis.

4. Using On-Screen Keyboard

You can also use the on-screen keyboard on your Chromebook to type emojis. This method works on both touch and non-touchscreen devices. However, to add emojis using the on-screen keyboard, you must enable the on-screen keyboard before adding the emojis.

Enable On-Screen Keyboard

If you put your touchscreen Chromebook in tablet mode, the on-screen keyboard will get activated automatically. You need to enable it on non-touchscreen Chromebooks as shown in the following steps:

  1. Click on the date in the bottom-right corner of your Chromebook and press the Settings icon.
Clicking on Settings icon on Chromebook.
  1. Go to “Accessibility” followed by “Keyboard and text input.”
"Keyboard and text input' option under Accessibility on Chromebook.
  1. Turn on the toggle next to “On-screen keyboard.” The on-screen keyboard will be activated whenever you put your cursor in a text field.
Enabling "On-screen keyboard" option on Chromebook.
  1. To manually show the on-screen keyboard, click on the “Keyboard” icon on the shelf at the bottom.
Clicking on-screen keyboard icon on Chromebook.

Tip: want to cast from your Chromebook to a bigger screen? Learn how to connect your Chrome OS laptop to a TV.

Add Emoji Using On-Screen Keyboard

  1. Activate the on-screen keyboard by clicking on a text field or the keyboard icon on the shelf.
  2. Click on the Emoji icon at the bottom of the on-screen keyboard to open the emoji panel.
Emoji icon on on-screen keyboard.
  1. Click on the emoji that you want to add to a chat, email, or document.
Emoji options on on-screen keyboard.

5. Using Input Methods in Shelf

You can also add emojis to your Chromebook using the input options button on the shelf. You must first show the input options button on the shelf by following the steps below:

  1. Open Settings on your Chromebook.
  2. Expand the “Advanced” section and go to “Languages and inputs” followed by “Inputs and keyboards.”
"Input and keyboards" option under "Language and inputs" in Settings on Chromebook.
  1. Enable the toggle next to “Show input options in the shelf.”
Enabling "Keyboard shortcut available" option on Chromebook.
  1. Select the default language when it appears on the shelf to bring up the input options. For instance, if your language is set to English (US), click the “US” icon from the shelf.
  1. Click on the Emoji icon to open the emoji panel where you can easily add emojis.
Clicking "Input methods" shortcut.

Tip: check out other useful tips for using the shelf on Chromebook.

6. Add Emojis in Google Docs and Other Apps

You can use most of the above methods to get emojis in Google Docs on your Chromebook. However, if the methods don’t work for some reason, Google Docs offers a native way to add emojis as shown in the following steps:

  1. Open the Google Docs document where you want to type emojis.
  2. Click on “Insert” in the top bar and select “Emoji.”
Inserting and emoji via options in Google Docs.
  1. Select the emoji from the emoji panel that shows up.
Selecting an emoji in Google Docs.
  1. If you don’t see the Emoji option, go to “Insert -> Special characters” instead.
Inserting a special character in Google Docs.
  1. Click on the “Symbol” drop-down box and select “Emoji.”
Selecting "Symbol" menu in Google Docs.
  1. Select your preferred emoji category from the next drop-down box. Click on the emoji to insert it into the document.
Selecting emoji category in Google Docs.
  1. Similarly, other apps also offer native emoji options. For instance, if you are using WhatsApp, Telegram, etc., on Chromebook, you must look for the Emoji icon in the app.

Bonus: Enable Emoji Suggestions

If you want to get emoji suggestions based on what you are typing on your Chromebook, enable the emoji suggestions feature.

  1. Open Settings on your ChromeOS device.
  2. Go to “Languages and inputs” under “Advanced” followed by “Suggestions.”
Enabling emoji "Suggestion" on Chromebook.
  1. Enable the toggle next to “Emoji suggestions.”
Toggling on the "Emoji suggestions" option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use Chrome extensions to add emojis?

Yes, you can use Chrome extensions like Emoji keyboard or Chromoji, etc., to type emojis on Chromebook.

How can I insert emoticons on Chromebook?

Emoticons are attempts to convey an emotion in a chat by inserting keyboard characters in a way that makes them look like a smile, frown, or any other expression. Open the emoji panel using the on-screen keyboard. Then, click on the “:-)” smiley category to view smiley faces. Select the one that you want to send.

All screenshots and images by Mehvish Mushtaq.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she's always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She's been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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