April 28, 2019
On Macs there is a Emoji & Symbols keyboard. You’ve probably seen it on your phone, but desktops and laptops have it too.
To launch it, go to Settings > Keyboard and select “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar.” Then in your menu bar, you’ll be able to select the Emojis and Symbols which will open the viewer.
Or, you can quick launch it with your keyboard using the keyboard shortcut
⌃ + ⌘ + ␣.
I found this keyboard shortcut while trying to find the Unicode definitions of special characters like ⌃ and ⌘ which are used to indicate keyboard shortcuts — a little meta.
It turns out, the list of emojis and symbols is customizable.
To customize what you see:
In my case, I added the Technical Symbols, and now writing out my keyboard shortcuts is much easier.
Written by Stephen Weiss who lives in Chicago with his wife, Kate, and dog, Finn. Follow him on Twitter!