Google Docs now includes an emoji shortcut

Google Docs goes to emoji and offers an integration system via shortcuts. Simple and efficient.

Google Docs decided to take up emoji. Last April, the company added the ability to react to documents with emoji rather than leaving a full comment. Today, Google is expanding its emoji support, adding a quick and easy way to insert emoji into Google Docs without having to go through an external source.

Google Docs gets emoji

This feature is part of Google’s “insert” shortcut. When you start a new document, you see the text “Type @ to insert”, a text that you can miss if you start typing too quickly. There, you’ll see a menu of options available to you: You can email a draft of the document to someone, share it with your recent Google contacts, embed other docs, as well as insert word processing elements typical, such as links, page breaks and pagination. But the novelty here is the emoji. If you scroll down the menu, you’ll find the option in the last position, under “Media”. Click on it and you will have access to a very easy to use emoji selection menu. Choose from the overview or search for a specific one.

and offers an integration system via shortcuts

You can also bring up this menu from the hidden shortcut on the right pane of the document. Hover your mouse cursor next to your text and click on the little smiling face.

Simple and efficient

Although this menu is actually very useful, if you already know which emoji you want to integrate, you can access it even faster. Type “@:” and start typing the name of the emoji in question. You might already be familiar with this type of system if you regularly use an app like Slack: as you type, you’ll see a selection of emoji that change depending on the description of what you’re typing. For example, type “@:laugh” to bring up the Laugh, Joy, and Rofl emoji.

If the emoji you want to insert is the first option, just hit the Enter key on your keyboard to insert it into your document. Otherwise, select one of the other options with the arrow keys on the keyboard and press Enter when your choice is made.

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