How to use Emoji Panel in Windows 10

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Microsoft has added its own Emoji Panel or Picker to Windows 10 v 1709. It allows to easily enter emojis in text messages or applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint via a simple shortcut. Simply press Windows + dot (.) or Windows + semicolon (;) to open the Emoji panel. A unique feature is that the panel also includes a search option that helps you find the emoji you want. The latest Unicode updates in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also introduce useful additions such as elements of Arabic folklore in the form of geniuses, dinosaurs, fairies and zombies for the Halloween event. You will find all this under a new, clearly arranged Emoji panel.

Emoji Panel in Windows 10

To access the Emoji panel, press Win + …

However, if you are not a superfan of this feature, you can disable it completely if you wish.

How to disable Emoji Panel

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Deskmodder suggests you follow these steps to disable the new Emoji Panel in Windows 10

Press Win+R to start the RUN dialog, then type ‘regedit‘ in the empty field and press Enter. Once you see it, navigate to the following address –


To disable the shortcut key for the Emoji panel, you must change EnableExpressiveInputShellShellHotkey DWORD. This DWORD location may vary depending on the region or location selected on your computer.

Press Ctrl+F simultaneously to start, copy and paste the search field ActivateExpressiveInputShellHotkey into the search field and press Enter.

The correct key and DWORD value are automatically visible to you. I chose the United States as my region and I saw it here:


Double-click EnableExpressiveInputShellShellHotkey DWORD and change its value to 0 to disable the hotkey.

(If you then press Win+ ‘.’ or Win+ ‘;’ together, the Emoji panel will not appear on your screen. However, if you decide to enable the Emoji panel, simply change the value from EnableExpressiveInputShellHotkey DWORD to 1

Related topics:

  1. Using emojes on Windows 10 using the on-screen keyboard
  2. How to use colored emojes with Internet Explorer
  3. Disabling or disabling emoticons in Skype.

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