Use Special Characters & Emoji Directly in the Finder of Mac OS X 10.7
- Click on the Finder or the Mac OS X desktop
- Pull down the “Edit” menu and select “Special Characters”
Here’s the weird part, and this could be a bug or maybe it’s intentional, but if you right-click on an item from the Special Characters panel and chose “Copy Character Info”, instead of getting just the icon into your clipboard you’ll get the full unicode and more, like this:
“🎃JACK-O-LANTERN Unicode: U+1F383 (U+D83C U+DF83), UTF-8: F0 9F 8E 83”
You can either just delete all the text after the Emoji character since it appears at the front of the string, or you can just get the icon by doing either of these:
- Drag and drop an icon from the Special Characters panel onto the desktop to create a .textclipping containing the special character or icon
- Drag and drop the character directly into a folder or file name
Even with it’s quirks, this is quicker than using TextEdit or another app to access the Emoji icons.
Thanks to ram who left this tip in our comments!