How to use emoji in file names in Windows 10

How to use emoji in file names in Windows 10

Did you know that emojis work almost anywhere nowadays? You can use them in almost any application on your computer, and even insert file and folder names in Windows 10.

How to use emoji in filenames

This is easy thanks to the emoji picker built into Windows 10. To open it, you have to press Win + . or Win + ; .

Open the emoji picker built into Windows 10

To insert emojis into file or folder names, simply press a shortcut while renaming a file to open the emoji picker. Start typing in phrases to search for emojis, for example “dog” to search for emojis related to dogs or “cat” to search for emojis related to cats, or use the mouse to click and scroll. through the list. Press Enter or click the emoji to insert it.

Press Enter or click the emoji to insert it

All operations are completed! Very simple!

The file name contains the emoji

You can use emoji in file names thanks to Unicode

All are possible thanks to Unicode. Unicode includes “characters for all writing systems in the world, modern and ancient,” according to the Unicode Consortium. It also includes emojis and various emoticons.

You may have noticed that, when you use emojis in file and folder names, you won’t get the full-colored emoji available elsewhere in Windows. You get small, black-and-white characters just like you would when inserting emojis into Notepad.

Thanks to Unicode, any application that supports standard Unicode characters, even if it doesn’t support full-color emojis, can use the emoji characters found in standard fonts. Using emoticons in file names is like using characters or symbols from another language.

Does adding emoji to filenames cause problems?

In theory, some apps might dislike these emojis, if they don’t support Unicode characters. However, modern apps are designed to work with a wide language set, so they will properly support emojis.

For example, the classic Windows Command Prompt can’t see the emoji characters in the file names correctly, but both Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal and PowerShell can display them properly.

The new Windows Terminal from Microsoft and PowerShell can both display emojis properly

If you have a problem, you can always open File Explorer, and then rename the affected files and folders to remove the emoji characters. You can then use those files again in apps that don’t support emoji filenames properly.