How To Use Emojis On Chromebook Without On-Screen Keyboard

Emojis On Chromebook Without On-Screen Keyboard

Are you wondering how to use emojis on Chromebook without on-screen keyboards? Here are some easy alternatives to using the annoying on-screen keyboard.

The fastest way to use emojis without an on-screen keyboard is to press the Windows key + . then type in the emoji you want to use and press enter to insert it.

How To Use Emojis with A Physical keyboard

How To Use Emojis On Chromebook Without On-Screen Keyboard

Another method is to use a physical keyboard through the use of keyboard shortcuts to enable emojis.

  • Select the text field which you want to insert an emoji
  • Press Windows key + . to enable the emoji keyboard
  • Type the emoji you want to use and press enter.
  • Or browse or use the search function on the keyboard to find your emoji, then click on it to insert it

How To use emojis with a website

Image credit Getemoji.com

Use a website like Emojis.wiki or Getemoji.com to copy and paste the latest Google emojis on your Chromebook.

These websites offer a large list of all Google emojis for your Chrome OS, Pixel, macOS, iOS, Linux, and Android.

You can find the current list of emojis taking into account the latest Android 10.0 system update.

Some of these icons will have a different design depending on the device you are using.

You can copy and paste them into your email client, Google documents and most social media websites such as:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Slack
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Github
  • Whatsapp

How To use emojis with a mouse

You can also use the mouse to enter emojis on your Chromebook. This will allow you to use the emoji panel instead of the onscreen keyboard.

  • Select the text field which you want to insert an emoji
  • Press Windows key + . to enable the emoji keyboard
  • Browse or use the search function on the keyboard to find your emoji, then click on it to insert it

Chromebooks have built-in support for emojis because they are using a Google OS similar to Android.

This means you can also use the Android emojis by copying and pasting them from a website as shown above.

How To use emojis with a chrome extension

There are various chrome extensions that can help you to insert emojis without having to use the on-screen keyboard through the chrome settings.

Here are some of the best ones that you can download and install now.

chromoji

First on the list is Chromoji, it’s a simple extension but a popular one. It doesn’t require the on-screen keyboard.

To install Chromoji just go to the Chrome store and search for it, then press add to chrome.

Tap on the icons of Chromoji and then copy the emoji you want to use. This extension does not have a search bar, unfortunately.

joypixels

Joypixels is the second extension on this list. It is also very popular and allows you to use emojis on your Chromebook without using the on-screen keyboard at all.

To install Joypixels just go to the Chrome store and search for it, then press add to chrome.

There are a lot of emojis to choose from with the extension and you can even change the skin tone or download the emojis for later use.

bitmoji

The last on the list is Bitmoji. It is also a good alternative to the first two extensions. This extension is free and has its own custom emojis, you can customize the emojis that you want to use.

To install Bitmoji just go to the Chrome store and search for it, then press add to chrome.

Bitmoji can be used on most social media platforms.

How To Use Emojis With The Input Method

There is another method that is done via the input options of the Chrome OS shelf. Make sure to set your input method to U.S. English otherwise it won’t work.

You can do this by:

  • Start your Chromebook and open the Chrome OS shelf located in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • Select time
  • Select the gear icon to open settings
  • Click on advanced
  • Select language and input
  • Toggle the switch for Show input options on the shelf
  • Open the Chrome OS shelf
  • Select US to enable the input options
  • Select the emoji icon to bring up the keyboard

This method allows you to enter multiple emojis at once without the keyboard disappearing which is a bonus over the other methods.

How To Use Chrome Emojis On Documents

Google docs emoji

If you want a quick way to use Chromebook emojis on Google docs without the on-screen keyboard then here it is.

  • Open up Google docs
  • Select the place that you want to enter an emoji
  • Click on insert from the top menu bar
  • Click on Emoji
  • In the emoji panel click on the emoji you want to insert and it will appear on the page.

What Are Emojis On Chromebook?

Emojis are emoticons that are small icons you can use in text fields. These are popular among social media, messaging apps and sometimes website design.

Both Apple and Google have their emoji libraries and the same icon can be different depending on the device you use.

Since Google owns Android and Chromebook, you will find that the emojis on your Chromebook are similar or the same as Google docs and Android phones.

What Is An On-Screen Keyboard On Chromebook?

The on-screen keyboard on Chromebook is a virtual keyboard that you can use in case your regular keyboard is not working or you want to use a touchscreen to type.

The virtual keyboard has an emoji pad just like the Android keyboard on Android phones. This is because Google made both of these keyboards and will use the same emojis.

The virtual keyboard is great for people who have trouble typing or if their keyboard broke.

Some laptops like the Lenovo 2-in-1 allow you to fold the laptop and use it as a touchscreen tablet, this would be a great opportunity to use an on-screen keyboard.

However, I don’t know if there are Chromebook models that allow you to do this.

Can I Use Emoji On Chromebook Without On-Screen Keyboard?

Yes, there are many other ways that you can use emojis without the on-screen keyboard.

Other methods include using chrome extensions like bitmoji, joypixels, and chromoji. Other ways include using keyboard shortcuts like Windows key + . to open an emoji panel where you can type in the emoji you want.

You can also use your mouse by right-clicking on a text field and selecting emoji from the drop-down then finding the one you want to input.

How To Disable On-Screen Keyboard On Chromebook

You can disable the on-screen keyboard via your Chromebook settings if you need to. This will give you a bit of a speed boost when starting up your laptop and prevent it from opening accidentally.

Here is how you can do that:

  • Select the time in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook
  • Then select the gear icon to bring up the settings
  • Then select manage accessibility
  • Then disable the toggle for the software keyboard under keyboard and text input.

This will stop the virtual keyboard from being active on your laptop. The on-screen keyboard is touch sensitive and can be quite annoying.

Conclusion

There are many ways that you can use emojis on a Chromebook without a screen keyboard. These other methods are easier sometimes that using the regular method.

The on screen keyboard can be quite annoying to use everytime you want to use an emoji, so I prefer using the keyboard shortcuts instead.

With over 12 years of experience with laptops, Grayson Uppington has delved deep into the tech world, always learning and sharing. His top pick is the Lenovo Legion Slim 5, blending performance with style. Formerly a pro gamer in CS:GO, those tournaments sharpened his skills and heightened his appreciation for laptop potential.