Use Special Characters & Emoji Directly in the Finder of Mac OS X 10.7

Sep 16, 2011 - 3 Comments

Access Special Characters & Emoji from the Finder in Mac OS X Lion

If you want to quickly style your folders or Launchpad with Emoji, you can access the Special Characters panel directly from the Finder in Mac OS X Lion:

  • 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

Drag & Drop Emoji Characters in Mac OS X Desktop

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!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. gp says:

    FTFY
    “Copy Character Info”, instead of getting just the icon into your clipboard you’ll get the Character Info.

  2. Scott Benge says:

    Is it possible to make my own ‘ Special Characters ‘ or Emoji? Please HELP. I could keep busy for days making my own.

  3. Ladislav Jonastik says:

    Or just double-click the character and it will be auto-pasted to active text window.

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