Tame your computer - smile, wink and choose an emoji

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to open the emoji panel using your keyboard (Windows 10).

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Love them or loathe them, but smileys or winking faces can help clarify the tone of the written conversation, preventing the recipient of your message from negatively interpreting it. You obviously need to think twice whether you want to use an emoji in business emails, especially if you don't know the person very well, but if you do want to use them did you know Windows 10 has a great shortcut to open the emoji panel?

Here’s how:

  1. Open your application as normal, such as MS Word or Outlook.
  2. Press WIN + full stop (.)
  3. Use the Search button or click through the various categories next to the magnifying glass to find an appropriate emoji and click to insert it.

By the way, WIN + semicolon ( ;) also opens the emoji panel, which might be more intuitive if you are used to using the semicolon to type a winking face.

Related tips

Set the Print Screen key to open screen snipping

Set the name of the person who created a file to be displayed in all folders

 Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.

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Last week we opened our doors. We're taking a cautious approach and started with one-to-ones only, so we can learn as we go and remain a safe place. I cannot wait to see you all again, but if you prefer, virtual training is still available.

Our current course schedule can be found online.

22 June 2020

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at  www.roem.co.uk


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