The Emoji Panel is a convenient feature in Windows 10 or Windows 11 that allows users to insert various types of emoji into any text field, such as word or text documents, conversations, web browsers, apps, and other places. However, some users have reported that the emoji panel doesn’t show up or is simply not working after pressing the emoji keyboard shortcut in Windows 10/11. Some have also reported that the emoji panel showed up fine before but suddenly stopped showing up after an update.
How to fix emoji panel not showing in Windows 11/10
If you’re experiencing the same issue, there are several solutions you can try to fix it. Here are some of them:
Restart your PC
If the Windows 10/11 emoji panel used to work fine but suddenly stopped showing up even if you press the keyboard shortcut keys, try to close every opened app and restart your PC. Sometimes the emoji panel gets stuck on a certain app and stops working on other text fields when you press the keyboard shortcut. A restart should fix the issue.
Change keyboard language to English (United States)
The emoji panel was once available only for people who set their keyboard input language to English (United States). However, this has been changed since a recent update, and you can use the Emoji panel even if you’re on other languages.
If for some reason, you have to stay with an old Windows 10/11 update where the emoji panel hasn’t been patched yet, you may want to try changing the keyboard language to English (United States). Even if you’re not sure if this has anything to do with the Windows 10/11 emoji panel shortcut not working issue, just try to change the keyboard language to English (United States) and see if it works.
Here’s how to add or switch your keyboard language to English (United States):
- If you have multiple keyboard input languages in Windows 10/11, click on the input method in the taskbar.
- Select English (United States) US keyboard.
- Try Win+. keys to open the emoji panel and see if it works.
- If you don’t see US keyboard in the input method list, go to Settings.
- Select Time & language, then Region & language.
- Click Add a language and add English (United States).
- If that doesn’t work, try to also change the Country or region to United States.
After changing the keyboard language, you may need to restart your computer. Upon restarting your PC, try to press the Win+. keys again and see if the Windows 10/11 emoji panel keyboard shortcut not working problem is fixed.
Run Windows Update
The Windows 10/11 emoji panel not working bugs, including the regional settings that trigger the issue, have already been fixed in recent Windows 10/11 updates. The best way to fix the Windows 10/11 emoji panel shortcut not working issue is by applying Windows update to install the bug patches.
To run Windows update, go to Settings and then select Update & Security. Click on Check for updates to allow Windows 10/11 to automatically scan for and install the latest updates.
Try an alternative emoji panel
If none of the solutions above work, you can try using an alternative emoji panel. There are many third-party emoji panels available for Windows 10/11, which offer more features and customization options than the built-in emoji panel.
One popular third-party emoji panel is the WinMoji app, which allows you to search for and insert emoji quickly and easily. Another popular option is the Emoji Keyboard by JoyPixels, which offers a wide range of high-quality emoji and stickers.
Customize your emoji panel
If you’re using the built-in emoji panel in Windows 10/11, you can customize it to suit your preferences. For example, you can rearrange the emoji categories, add frequently used emoji to the favorites section, or change the skin tone of the emoji.
To customize the emoji panel, click on the gear icon at the top of the panel, and then select the options you want to change.
Use shortcuts for frequently used emoji
If you frequently use certain emoji, you can create shortcuts for them to save time. For example, you can create a shortcut for the thumbs up emoji, so you don’t have to search for it every time you want to use it.
To create a shortcut for an emoji, right-click on the emoji in the emoji panel, and then select “Add to Favorites.” Once the emoji is added to your favorites, you can create a shortcut for it by going to “Settings > Devices > Typing > Advanced Keyboard Settings > Input Language Hotkeys”.