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Is there a way to insert emoji in Chrome efficiently? There are some extensions, but they mostly look like spyware (you can enter emoji, but we'll spy on your browsing history). Do you know a reliable extension or some other way to do it?

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HTML Entities &entity_name; or &#entity_number; where entity_number would be Unicode codepoint in decimal or x-prefixed hexadecimal value, e.g.

😘  😘  ☹  ☹  ♠  ♠  ♠

😘 😘 ☹ ☹ ♠ ♠ ♠

Resources: HTML Symbol Entities or Emoji Unicode Tables etc.

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Update 4/2019:

In Windows 10 build 1809 there is now the "Emoji" context menu item. It can be brought up by either from the context menu or by Win+.

The context menu appears in any editable field in any application.


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I ended up using https://browsernative.com/emoji/ as a bookmark. It's simple enough. Although I'd prefer having a overlay popup window that would insert the emoji directly to the form. I'm actually thinking about creating such extension myself. Opensource, so anyone can see that I don't collect personal information of any kind.

I also found chrome://flags/#enable-emoji-context-menu which I turned on but the context menu did not appear.

emoji context menu flag in chrome

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right click: "emojis & symbols" option after opening developer tools: cmd+alt+i

or in top menu: Edit -> "Emoji & Symbols" option

In mac os: cmd+Ctrl+Spacebar

ps: this shortcut is also available in atom, if you're using that editor.

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  • Does not work on Windows. Mac specific, though still useful for Mac users. – Tomáš Fejfar Aug 22 '18 at 9:44
  • did you find how to do it in windows 10/7? let's put it here so other people may benifit from it! – abe312 Aug 25 '18 at 19:18
  • I'm using superuser.com/a/1150883/55905 in the meantime... – Tomáš Fejfar Aug 31 '18 at 9:46
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Chrome now has naitive support for inserting Emojis in the right click menu. Displaying Emojis has been supported since version 41.

Right click in a textbox, and select "Emoji":

right click

Then go crazy:

emoji menu


I'm running Chrome 68.0.3340.106.

chrome version

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  • I'm running Version 68.0.3440.106 (Official Build) (64-bit) and the Emoji menu item is missing. (Windows 10) – Tomáš Fejfar Aug 31 '18 at 9:45
  • What OS are you running? – Attie Aug 31 '18 at 10:27
  • OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro | OS Version: 10.0.16299 N/A Build 16299 – Tomáš Fejfar Aug 31 '18 at 16:44

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