How to Use Emoji to Name Files and Folders on Windows 10

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Are you tired of using letters, numbers, dashes, and underscores to name your files? Here is a cool trick that allows you to name files and folders with Emoji.

Everyone loves Emoji, right? Well, some users aren’t a fan. But several people can’t get enough of them. There’s a reason why all platforms, including Windows 10, are consistently adding new Emoji characters to the keyboard. And with Windows 10, not only are Emoji great for messaging with people, if you’re really a fan, you can actually name folders using them. Here is a look at how you can name folders using Emoji on Windows 10.

Name Folders with Emoji on Windows 10

First, right-click an empty area of the Taskbar and select “Show touch keyboard button” from the menu. That will place the touch keyboard button in the notification section.

Windows 10 Show Touch Keyboard Button

Next, head to the file or folder you want to rename. You can rename a file by right-clicking it and choose the “Rename” option. Or, press the F2 key after selecting the file or folder. Open the Touch Keyboard and click the Emoji button (lower-left) and start clicking the Emoji characters you want to use. The characters will show up as you type them. If you want to get more creative in your naming system, you can add numbers and letters, too.

Touch Keyboard Emoji File Explorer

The Emoji icons will appear everywhere a file or folder name does if you were to plug in traditional text.

Emoji File Explorer

When you open a document, you will see the Emoji in the file name on the title bar like in the example below of a Word document.

Doc Saved as Emoji

Or, in the preview tab when hovering over the thumbnail previews from the Taskbar.

Emoji Preview Docs Windows 10

They seem to show up the best when you bring up your Jump Lists from the taskbar. Of course, your experience may vary depending on the Windows Theme you are using.

Jump list Emoji

This is a great tip whether you are a huge Emoji fan, or just want something more unique, or mess with your colleagues at work. Now, the Emoji generally display best when using large icons view in File Explorer. And if you have a lot of files named using Emoji, you might want to sort them by date modified instead of name.

You might think you need a touchscreen PC to do this, but you don’t. While it works with touch, you can use this trick on a traditional Windows 10 system with mouse and keyboard. Have fun!

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