Here's a secret shortcut to use emoji in Mavericks
By Mark Dalton.
This weeks tip is for you Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) users out there.
Emoji are the cute little smiley characters and emoticons that originated in Japanese electronic messages and have spread around the world quickly with the growth of the smart phone market.
It can be difficult to convey emotion in text based messages and we have got used to using them in text messages but did you know you can use them whenever you are in a text field in OS X Mavericks? Just press Command+Control+Space and an emoji panel will appear. Simply click the emoji you wish to use to insert it at the current position.
You can quickly navigate between the emoji icons using the arrow keys move between the panels using the Tab and Shift+Tab key combinations.
If you know what you are looking for you can simply type the name, and the emoji will filter as you type.
By default the emoji panel will disappear once you have selected a icon. If you find yourself using this a lot you can prevent this happening by dragging it away from the text field to "detach" it.
Quick access to the full size character viewer is available via the button in the top right hand corner.