How to use emojis on Chromebook using flags

Accessing Emojis on Chromebook is not as easy as it should be. You can place your cursor in the text space and then right click. The first option you see in the pop-up menu is Emoji. Just click on it to access the emojis. You can also press Shift + Search + Spacebar Keyboard shortcut to access emojis with a simple keyboard shortcut.

Emoji option in the pop-up menu

But this default emoji picker comes with its own set of issues that we’ll explore next. Also, we will show you how you can easily replace the default emoji method with a better one.

The problem with the built-in Emoji menu on Chromebook

While Chrome OS has the option to use emojis, the default context menu option is quite limited.

First, you simply open the Emoji tab on an on-screen keyboard that covers half the viewing area and also refreshes the entire screen before opening.

Default Emoji picker on the on-screen keyboard

It is also limited in terms of functionality. You don’t have a search option to find the emojis you need.

You are forced to use the touch screen to scroll through the emoji list. The on-screen keyboard is designed for touch screen devices and not for keyboard and mouse users.

Scroll through emojis with touchscreen

You have to use the touch screen or mouse to go back. There are no keyboard shortcuts and even the ESC key doesn’t work. Click on the keyboard icon in the lower right corner to close the large emoji popup.

Closing the pciker emoji

The on-screen keyboard locks the app shelf, weather, quick settings, etc., making it difficult to jump between apps. Since it does not have a keyboard shortcut, you have to manually close the keyboard with the mouse and then switch to another application.

There is no way to use the keyboard to post emojis directly.

The AlternatOne way to use emojis on Chromebook

Google is already developing a replacement for the Emoji selector. But you are still behind the Chrome flags that you can enable. Chrome’s flags provide options that are experimental in nature, but sometimes, they don’t make it to the final version released to the world.

one. First, open Chrome Flags by visiting this URL: chrome: // flags

opening chrome flags

two. Now, search for Emoji in the search bar. Here you will find two flags: System emoji picker Y Enable emoji suggestion. These will be available only when you are using a Chromebook and not a Chrome browser.

looking for emoji in chrome flags

3. Click on the drop-down menu next to it and select the Activated option for both flags.

Enable chrome emoji flags

Four. Now click on the Restart button in the lower right corner.

restarting chrome to enable chrome flags

5. The screen may go blank for a few seconds, but you’re all set.

Advantages over integrated emojis Menu on Chromebook

Since it just overrides the default option, you can access this with a right click and select the emoji option from the pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Search + Space to get to the emoji selector.

Unlike the default option, it doesn’t take up half the screen and won’t resize the entire page just to open the emoji picker.

New emoji selector

Since it is just a pop-up window, you can access it easily. Also, you can scroll through the emojis with your mouse or trackpad or even use the tab button on the keyboard.

Using the emoji picker with the keyboard

There is a search function so you can find emojis quickly.

looking in the emoji picker on Chromebook

Also, you can use the keyboard to type emoticons and it will show you the correct emoji as a suggestion. Thus helping to add emojis directly from the keyboard.

Conclusion: using emojis on Chromebook

While the default emoji picker option on Chromebook is easy to access, it does have its issues. Not only is it lacking in features, it completely ruins the user experience when using emojis on Chromebook. The fact that the touchpad doesn’t work can be a huge disappointment. However, we are glad that these flags exist.

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