How to use Emoji in file names, drives, folders, and other documents in Windows 10

How to use Emoji in file names, drives, folders, and other documents in Windows 10

Did you know that Emoji now work almost everywhere? Emoji or else they can be called “emoticons” exist in different forms: facial expressions, shared objects, places, food, plants, animals, etc. You can use them in any documents, in your browser’s address bar, the folder names and drives etc. of Course, not all smileys are working as intended, and may prevent any attempt to find them in Power Shell or when referring to a Word or Powerpoint file.

Before to add emoticons to file names and folders used conventional symbols, which imposes some restrictions. You couldn’t use in a folder name or file a slash or asterisk, as both these symbols are used by the system. But recent updates to Windows 10, everything changed.



Emoji in Windows 10 work in almost all programs and applications. In this post we will tell you how to insert Emoji in folder names and files in Windows 10.

Proceed to insert smileys

  • Click on file(folder) that you want to rename right-click and click on the “Rename“.
  • To use Emojiyou need to call the native function, the array of smiley shortcut key: “Windows+.“(point) or “Windows+;“(semicolon).
  • With the mouse scroll list of Emoji or type in search keywords to find a smiley.
  • Enter a name for the file(folder) and use the right Emoji.
  • Hit “Enter“to rename.

Emoji in Unicode

Emoji don’t work if the app does not support Unicode. Unicode includes the “characters for all writing systems of the world, ancient and modern”, according to the Unicode Consortium. It also includes Emoji and various other characters.

You will notice that when you use Emoji in the names of files and folders that you don’t get full color Emoji that you see in other places Windows. You get a little black-and-white characters — as if you insert emoticons in Notepad.



Thanks to Unicode any application that supports the standard Unicode characters, even if it doesn’t supports colorful Emoji, you can use the Emoji symbols found in standard fonts. Use Emoji in the file name, similar to using a character or symbol from another language.

On iOS and macOS Emoji in the file name are displayed correctly in other OS such as Windows 7 or Linux, can be a problem.


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