How can I enter Kaomoji on my PC? And what are at all Kaomoji? Fortunately, the answers to both questions are simple and easily accessible in Windows 10 from the May 2019 update. The familiar emoji keyboard in Windows has been enhanced with kaomoji and icons. Adding to Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps is easy.
What is a kaomoji? A Kaomoji is simply a more complex emoticon, the predecessor of Emoji. You probably know the smiley 🙂 or the Winky;), which consist of well-known punctuation combined into an expression. That's an emoticon. Emoji are simply pictorial representations of emoticons, so that an angle symbol is represented as 😉.
A kaomoji is a rough sketch for an emoticon like a finished painting: a complex arrangement of symbols that approaches art. With a kaomoji you can express a complex idea that an emoji or emoticon simply can not express: turning a table in anger (╯ ° □ °) ╯( ┻━┻, a double-fingered pistol gesture (☞ ゚ ゚ ゚) ☞ or even the obscure meme in which CSI Miami David Caruso removes (or wears) his sunglasses before he says something profound (_) ⌐ – 196.
You can do everything with the same Windows shortcut: WIN shortcut + shortcut (or WIN + [?] If you hold down the Windows key, enter a semicolon, or you can even access the new Emoji 12 emoji with the same keyboard, which contains representations of objects such as dive masks and flamingos, or right-click click on a text displayed and an emoji option should be displayed.
There is only one catch: You need the Windows Update of May 10, 2019 to access the new Kaomoji If you have problems accessing these new Emoji and Kaomoji, type winver in the Windows search bar and make sure that the second line says "Version 1903". You can join the Windows Insider program to get an early glimpse of the update, or just wait for Microsoft to begin broadcasting the update to all PCs.
How to enter Kaomoji on Windows 10
There are some subtleties to typing Kaomoji on Windows 10. For one thing, they are confusing.
The Emoji keyboard contains three tabs: Emoji, Kaomoji, and finally icons of all kinds. The Emoji tab is well organized. At the top is a search function: for example, type "lips" and the emoji "kiss" and "mouth" will be displayed. For each emoji you also get an explanatory text that describes each one.
Switch to the Kaomoji keyboard, and there's nothing like it. Hopefully, you'll begin to know which symbol means what or if it's detailed enough to find out for yourself. Yes, there is a kind of navigation bar on the bottom, a kind of "I did not see that" to navigate between happy, sad, silly and other kaomoji – but the navigation bar itself is also finished in emoji that seems a bit much. Popup text offers a rudimentary explanation. This is a largely self-guided tour.
(The same strange navigation bar in the bottom line also applies to the icon menu. At least there are some.) Explanatory text when you hover over the navigation bar with categories such as "general punctuation", "currency symbols", "Latin symbols" and more.)
Remember that emoji are single symbols, so you have won. You do not have to worry about line breaks. Kaomoji and emoticons are not so lucky, and a long, complex group of icons can be interrupted by an app over two lines. You must plan accordingly. Regardless of whether they are Emo or Kaomoji symbols or common symbols, they are supported by Microsoft apps such as Word, Edge, and even Notepad. You should therefore be able to enter them into any app you have selected. Just make sure the window or app is in focus or active, open the emoji keyboard and type in something. While an early implementation of the emoji keyboard allowed only one character per instance of the keyboard, this is an error that has been fixed. Enter as many as you like!
Since you are typing both Emoji and Kaomoji with this keyboard, there is one notable change: the location of the Swatch drop-down menu, an important feature of the emoji keyboard we introduced you two years ago. Instead of putting it on the "Most Recently Used" tab of the emoji keyboard-the one you see first every time you open it-Microsoft moved it to the fourth tab, Emoji, at the bottom. (It's on the third tab if you see this earlier than the May 2019 update.) If you hover over it, it will be marked as People . Only emoji have different color options.
Microsoft could benefit from improving the overall Emoji keyboard experience: For example, a clearer signal about color or description that a search box actually exists. If you ask someone who is familiar with Kaomoji to add a short explanatory text that is displayed while your cursor is over it, you will get a gentler access for those who have never used it before. A customizable window? Yes, please. You can not enter Kaomoji, then text, then another Kaomoji while keeping the keyboard open. And Microsoft really needs to fix the bug that causes the emoji keyboard to slowly move across the screen when repositioning.
Otherwise it could not be easier: WIN +; opens the door to a new way of expressing oneself. Welcome to Kaomoji! ╰ (* ° ▽ ° *) ╯