How can I type kaomoji on my PC? And what are kaomoji anyway? Fortunately, the answers to both questions are simple and easily accessible through the May 2019 update of Windows 10. The familiar emoji keyboard in Windows has been expanded with both kaomoji and symbols, and adding these to Facebook, Twitter and other social media. apps is extremely simple.
What is a kaomoji? A kaomoji is simply a more complex emoticon, the predecessor of the emoji. You are probably familiar with the smiley 🙂 or winky;) that consist of known punctuation marks combined to form an expression. That's an emoticon. Emoji are simple images of emoticons, so a wink symbol appears as a 😉.
Meanwhile, a kaomoji for an emoticon such as a finished painting is a rough sketch: a complex arrangement of symbols that approaches art. With a kaomoji you can express a complex idea that an emoji or emoticon simply cannot do: turn a table in anger (╯ ° □ °） ╯︵ ┻━┻, a double finger gun gesture (☞ ﾟ ヮ ﾟ) ☞, or even the obscure meme where David Caruso of CSI Miami takes off his sunglasses (or intent) before he says something profound (• _ •)> ⌐ ■ – ■.
How do you get access emoji or kaomoji or symbols within Windows 10? You can do it all with the same Windows shortcut: the WIN + ; shortcut (or WIN +. ), pressing the Windows key and then type a semicolon.You can even access the new Emoji 12 emoji, which contains images of diving masks and flamingos, from the same keyboard, or you can right-click on a text and see an emoji option will appear.
There is only one problem: you need the Windows 10 May 2019 update to access the new kaomoji, also known as version 1903. If you encounter problems opening this new emoji and kaomoji, type winver in the Windows search bar and make sure that the second line indicates "Version 1903". The May 2019 update started from May 21, and users receive the upgrade in waves. (If you want the May 2019 update right away, you can get it here.)
Typing Kaomoji on Windows 10
However, there are some subtleties for typing kaomoji on Windows 10. First, they are confusingly organized.
The emoji keyboard contains three tabs: emoji, kaomoji and finally all kinds of symbols. The emoji tab is well organized, with a search function at the very top: for example, type "lips" and the emoticons "kiss" 💋 and "mouth" 👄 appear. You will also receive explanatory text for each emoji describing each emoji.
Go to the kaomoji keyboard and there is no such thing yet. Hopefully you have a basic knowledge of what symbol means what, or that they are detailed enough to find out for yourself. Yes, there is a kind of navigation bar at the bottom, an "I didn't even see that way" to navigate between happy, sad, crazy and other kaomoji – but the navigation bar itself is also also ready in emoji , that seems a bit much. Pop-up text offers some rudimentary explanation. This is a largely self-guided tour.
(The same strange, bottom row navigation bar also applies to the symbol menu. There are at least some explanatory text when you move your cursor over the navigation bar, with categories that include & # 39; general punctuation & # 39 ;, & # 39; currency symbols & # 39 ;, & # 39; Latin symbols & # 39; and more.)
Remember that emoji are separate symbols, so you & # 39; t need not worry about line breaks. Kaomoji and emoticons are not very lucky and a long, complex collection of symbols can be divided into two lines by an app. You must plan accordingly. Fortunately, whether they are emoji or kaomoji or regular symbols, they are all supported by Microsoft apps such as Word, Edge and even Notepad, so you must be able to type them in any app you want. Make sure the window or app is sharp or active, open the emoji keyboard and type away. Although an early implementation of the emoji keyboard allowed only one character per copy of the keyboard, that is a problem that has been resolved. Type as much as you want!
Because you will use this keyboard to type both emoji and kaomoji, there is one change that is worth mentioning: the location of the & # 39; swatch & # 39; drop-down menu, an important feature in the emoji keyboard where we introduced you two years ago. Instead of placing it under the "most recently used" tab of the emoji keyboard – the one you see first each time you open it – Microsoft has moved it to the fourth emoji tab at the bottom. (It's on the third tab if you look at this earlier in the May 2019 update.) Anyway, if you hover over it, you'll see it as People . Only emoji have different color options.
Microsoft could benefit from some improvement in the overall emoji keyboard experience: for example, a clearer signal, via color or delimitation, that a search box is actually present. Asking someone familiar with kaomoji to add a short explanatory text that appears while your cursor is hovering over it would provide softer access for those who have never used it before. An adjustable window? Yes please. You cannot type a kaomoji, and then text, and then another kaomoji while the keyboard remains open. And Microsoft really needs to fix the bug that causes the emoji keyboard to move around your screen when you move it.
Otherwise, however, it could not be simpler: the WIN +; opens the door to a new way to express yourself. Welcome to kaomoji! ╰ (* ° ▽ ° *) ╯
This article was originally published on May 17, 2019.