My system language is English, but I have set Czechia as a Language for non-Unicode programs and Region formats because some applications didn't work for me - didn't show the special characters correctly. I also use a Czech keyboard layout.

When I activate the Emoji keyboard pressing "Windows + ." it says "Keep typing to find an emoji" in English but when I type there fxp "cry" it won't find anything. I have to type there in Czech language. Is there any way to change this behavior?

I'm running Windows 10 Pro N / 1809 with latest updates.

  • @Ramhound I understand that it makes sense but I prefer to use English over Czech language and I'd like to change this. And it's not Keyboard layout related, because on my second PC I have the exact same settings - English display language and Czech keyboard and the Emoji keyboard typing language is English. – sczdavos Jun 20 '19 at 21:51
  • The second pc is running Windows 10 Home. Version should be the same with latest updates . – sczdavos Jun 21 '19 at 3:42
  • I do. I'm watching Netflix on MS Edge and it's not working without Media pack installed. So when any bigger update removes it for me I have to reinstall it manually. How's Media pack related to the Emoji keyboard? – sczdavos Jun 21 '19 at 13:16
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    It might not actually be related. I am asking questions and more information that might be relevant, so your question has a chance of being answered. I won’t be able to help you at this point.. I hope you figure it out. All possible relevant information should be in the question body. – Ramhound Jun 21 '19 at 13:35

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Emoji example

Above examples snipped from emoji picker started using Win + . i.e. Windows logo key + . (period) during text entry

Tested using the following language settings:

Language     LangTag KbdID    KbdLayout                  
--------     ------- -----    ---------                  
English      en-GB   00000405 Czech                      
English      en-GB   00000452 United Kingdom Extended    
Czech        cs      00000405 Czech                      
Czech        cs      00020409 United States-International

The _test_Get-Culture.ps1 script:

### _test_Get-Culture.ps1 ###
$gcRegKey = 'HKLM:SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts'
$gcWULL = Get-WinUserLanguageList
$cgWULLHuman = $gcWULL | ForEach-Object {
    if ( $gcUIMT ) {
        $gcUIMT | ForEach-Object {
            $cLz=Get-Item -LiteralPath "$gcRegKey\$cLx"
            $cLy=$cLz.GetValue("Layout Text", $gcU.LanguageTag)
                "Language"  = ($gcU.EnglishName).Replace(' (1453-)','');
                'LangTag'   = $gcU.LanguageTag;
                "KbdID"     = $cLx;
                "KbdLayout" = $cLy
    } else {
                "Language"  = ($gcU.EnglishName).Replace(' (1453-)','');
                'LangTag'   = $gcU.LanguageTag;
                "KbdID"     = '';
                "KbdLayout" = 'N/A'
  • Thanks for figuring that out! Just one silly question. What's the difference between input language and input keyboard and where do I set it? – sczdavos Jun 23 '19 at 8:04
  • @sczdavos You can use Set-WinUserLanguageList Powershell cmdlet (unfortunately #requires -RunAsAdministrator), or hand-made in Language Preferences (Start => Edit language and keyboard options). Also read entire thread What's the difference between a “Keyboard Language” and an “Input Language”? – JosefZ Jun 23 '19 at 10:04
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    Thank you I've resolved it. There's an "Override for default input method" settings. Where I had to set the English - Czech instead of Czech - Czech. – sczdavos Jun 23 '19 at 18:39
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    A good picture might be worth a few quid, but I have no idea what I'm looking at. – Adam Jagosz Nov 14 '20 at 15:49
  • @AdamJagosz answer updated 😈 – JosefZ Nov 14 '20 at 16:59

I added and English entry (keyboard layout + language pack) in Settings > Language > Preferred languages.

I need to switch to that keyboard layout before I can search for emojis in English, but at least it works.

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