While macOS text suggestions and the emoji keyboard is pretty good. I think Slack’s method of adding emoji’s to text using the colon
: symbol is so much easier.
:pizza yields the pizza emoji every time.
Using macOS’s text replacements feature, you can set it up to get quick access to your favorite emojis called up by the colon
: or whatever you’d like to represent your emoji.
Setting up text replacements in macOS
In macOS to set up a text replacement, you’ll want to go to > System Preferences > Keyboard.
Once you’re in the Keyboard preferences, click on the Text tab.
Click on the plus + symbol in the lower left corner and you’ll be able to set up a text replacement.
Under the Replace column you’ll want to put in the text macOS should replace like
Now in the With column you’ll want to put the emoji you’d like to replace the text with 🍕.
The great thing is you can get really creative with your text replacements.
For example, I’ve got a text replacement to replace
:shrug with the emoji 🤷🏻♂️ but I’ve also got
-shrug to replace it with the emoticon version