Chapter 3. Typing emoji characters

You can type emoji characters using several different methods in GNOME, depending on the type of the application.

3.1. Typing emoji characters in GTK applications

This procedure inserts an emoji character in an application that uses the GTK graphical toolkit, such as in native GNOME applications.

Prerequisites

  • Make sure that the application is built on the GTK toolkit.

Procedure

  1. Open a GTK application.
  2. Make sure that a text field is active.
  3. Press Ctrl+;.

    The emoji selection menu opens.

  4. Browse the emoji characters or type a keyword that identifies the emoji character that you want to insert, such as smile.

    For the full list of keywords associated with emoji characters, see the Other Keywords column on the Emoji List page.

  5. Click the selected character, or navigate to it using the cursor keys and press Enter.

Verification

  • Check that the intended emoji character now appears at your cursor.

3.2. Typing emoji characters in any applications

This procedure inserts an emoji character in any application, regardless of the graphical toolkit that the application uses.

Procedure

  1. Open an application.
  2. Make sure that a text field is active.
  3. Press Ctrl+..

    The underscored letter e appears at your cursor.

  4. Type a keyword that identifies the emoji character that you want to insert, such as smile.

    For the full list of keywords associated with emoji characters, see the Other Keywords column on the Emoji List page.

  5. Repeatedly press Space to browse the emoji characters that match your keyword.
  6. Confirm the selected emoji character by pressing Enter.

Verification

  • Check that the intended emoji character now appears at your cursor.