How to get emoji on your MacBook's Touch Bar, and type with them in nearly any app

Ryan Ariano
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It's easy to get emoji on your MacBook's Touch Bar. Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images
  • You can get emoji on the Mac Touch Bar if the program you're using allows you to type with them.

  • When the emoji icon appears on your Mac's Touch Bar, you can tap it to open the emoji menu.

  • You can swipe your finger along the Touch Bar to move through the emoji list, or search using your keyboard.

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When Apple added the Touch Bar to MacBooks, it added another way to customize how you type and use apps.

For example: if you're using an app that allows you to type, there's a good chance that you can use your Touch Bar to insert emoji.

Here's how to get emoji on your Touch Bar, and type with them.

How to get emoji on the Mac Touch Bar

Emoji are pretty versatile on Mac computers. You can type with emoji in nearly every app that allows you to type text, including web browsers, word processors, and even some image editors.

Quick tip: You can quickly tell if an app supports emoji by opening it and clicking "Edit" at the top of the screen. If you see "Emoji & Symbols" as an option in this menu, the app supports emoji - if you don't see this option, it doesn't support them.

1. Open the app where you want to insert your emoji, and click in a spot where you can type. Nearly every app that lets you type will allow emoji.

2. If you've clicked a spot that you can type emoji in, the emoji icon - a smiley face - should appear in your Touch Bar. Tap it.

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When you open a compatible application, the emoji icon will appear in the Touch Bar. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

3. The emoji menu will open, showing you a list of your most frequently used emoji. To scroll through the emoji, hold your finger down on them and slide it from side-to-side.

5. When you see an emoji you want to add, tap on that emoji.

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Tap on an emoji to "type" it. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

6. If you want to search emoji, tap on the icon of a clock on the left of the Touch Bar, just after opening the emoji options.

7. Tap on the search icon, which looks like a magnifying glass.

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Tap on the search icon to bring up the Emoji & Symbols menu on your computer. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

8. This will open the Emoji & Symbols menu on your computer. You can type into that search bar to find a specific emoji, which you can then double-click to add.

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The Emoji & Symbols menu will let you search and scroll through all your emoji on screen. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

You can also open the on-screen Emoji & Symbols menu directly in most apps by pressing Control + Command + Spacebar.

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