WinMoji is a free program for Microsoft Windows that provides you with direct access to the available emoji of the operating system.
All recent versions of Windows ship with support for Emoji, but access may not be super easy on all of them. While Windows 10 users may open the touch keyboard on their device to display all available emoji and type them, Windows 7 users don't have that luxury.
The touch keyboard is not displayed by default on the Windows 10 taskbar if a desktop PC is used. You can right-click on the taskbar however to enable it by selecting the "show touch keyboard button" option.
WinMoji is a pretty hefty download for what it offers. It has a size of more than 30 Megabytes, and needs to be installed before you can run it. What is displayed then depends on the operating system that you are running. The screenshot above shows the program interface on Windows 10.
The program has two core functions. Whenever you click on an emoji in the listing, it is copied to the Windows Clipboard automatically. You may paste the emoji then in any other application that is open at the time. This includes email and messaging programs that run on the operating system, game clients, browsers, and practically any other program that supports text input.
The second feature that it offers is search. Simply enter a descriptive term, for instance heart, cowboy or unicorn to filter by those terms. This is the program's main advantage over the built-in Windows touch keyboard, as the keyboard does not support emoji searches. One disadvantage is that you cannot tap on a key to add it directly to the active window. If you use the program, you will always have to go through the Clipboard to use one of the emoji.
WinMoji is a basic program that is still quite heavy both when it comes to the program's download size but also memory use. Still, Windows users who like to use emoji may find the program useful, especially if they don't want to or can use the touch keyboard on their devices.
The program would benefit from a hotkey function that allows you to set emoji that you use often to specific hotkeys for easier pasting into applications.
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