Using the Windows 10 Emoji Keyboard

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Windows 10 now gives you the ability to use your keyboard to insert an Emoji into text.

Emoji got its start in Japan. The Work “emoji” can be translated to “image character.” The first emoji was created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. They have grown in use, especially with smartphones, texting, and social platform posts. For example, it’s common to use 👌or 👍 to acknowledge a text message.

While we are not necessarily promoting using emojis in business communication, there may be situations where they are appropriate.

To access the Windows Emoji keyboard, press Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;) and the menu will pop up. Once the window is visible, you can press Tab/Shift+Tab to switch categories and switch skin colors for people Emoji with the button on the top right of the panel.

It may seem like a small addition, but emoji are becoming a more significant part of daily communications, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to communicate the same way on your desktop as you do on your phone. Just don’t go crazy 😀! Remember the difference between business communication and informal communication.

Would you ever use emoji in your communication? If yes, when or how?

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Often revered as the insurance industry tech guru or the Godfather of Insurtech, Steve Anderson is practically synonymous with innovation. He spent over 22 years as president of The Anderson Network – an authority on insurance agency productivity, technology, and profits – and has served on various boards and committees for IIABA and Big I NY. He’s also the author of the international best-selling book “The Bezos Letters” where he examines “14 Principals to Grow Your Business Like Amazon.”

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