July 29, 2019 9:00 am

Windows 10 Tip: Emoji 12 🎉✨🎊

By / Writer, Windows Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some othe many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop. 

In early February, Unicode finalized the set of emoji to be included with Emoji 12.0. With the May build, when you press WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon), all of these emoji now have keywords linked to them to make them more searchable, so you can try it once you install the build. Keywords include otter, sloth, waffle, ballet shoes and more. 

The new emoji’s expansion into the animal kingdom also includes orangutans and flamingos. Foodies can now pop in 🧈 (butter)🧄 (garlic)🧅 (onion)🥙 (falafel), 🧇 (waffles) and 🧊 (ice cube). (The newest images won’t appear in this post if you don’t yet have the update.) There are a total of 59 new emoji and 171 new variations on existing ones in Emoji 12. 

The release of Emoji version 12.0 aims to better represent people with disabilities. You’ll now see mechanical limbs, sign language and hearing aids; as well as manual and motorized wheelchairs and two different versions of service animals. 

There are also many new emojis that represent different combinations of relationships and skin tonesThere are now five skin tones as well as nearly 70 different possible combinations of the “People holding hands” emoji. 

Check it out in action: 

GIF shows emojis pulled up on screen

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.