On Windows 10, if you ever wrote an email or document, you know how inconvenient can be to remember the Alt key codes or having to search online to insert symbols (such as em dash, more than and less than, arrows, etc.) into your text or social media post.
Starting with version 1903, May 2019 Update, Windows 10 is updating the emoji panel to include symbols and kaomoji (face characters), so you no longer have to remember Alt key codes or use extra steps.
How to insert symbols using emoji panel
To insert symbols or kaomoji on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open a text file, document, or email.
Use the Windows key + (period) or Windows key + (semicolon) keyboard shortcut to open the emoji panel.
Click the Omega button to access the symbols. (Or the character face button to access the available kaomoji.)
Select the symbols you want to insert.Quick Tip: If you don’t find the symbol that you need, at the bottom of the picker, you can switch between the different types of symbols available, including punctuation, currency, geometric, math, Latin, and language.
After completing the steps, the symbols you use more frequently will appear in the most recently used tab to make it even easier to select them the next time.
How to insert symbols using Character Map
Alternatively, you can still use the old Character Map app to insert symbols on any text file or social media post using these steps:
Search for Character Map and click the top result to open the experience.
Select the symbol that you want to use.
Click the Select button.
Click the Copy button.
Once you’ve completed the steps, you can insert the symbol by right-clicking and selecting the Paste option (or using the Ctrl + V keyboard shortcut).
If you don’t see the symbol or kaomoji sections using the emoji panel, it’s because you’re not running the version that supports this feature. Symbols and face characters are available starting with Windows 10 version 1903, May 2019 Update, more specifically with build 18305 and later.