Fix Emoji Keyboard Shortcut Not Working on Mac (Sonoma)

ūüóďÔłŹ November 7, 2023 By ‚úćÔłŹ Jaysukh patel

Unable to use emoji keyboard shortcut on Mac? There may be an issue with your Keyboard hardware, a shortcut change, or some macOS settings. Whatever the reason that is causing the emoji keyboard shortcut problem on your macOS, we’ll show you troubleshooting tips to resolve it. So, without ado, let’s get started.

Mac emoji Keyboard Shortcut Not Working

Here are 10 ways to fix emoji keyboard shortcut not working on Mac running latest macOS.

Solution #1. Check if the keyboard Hardware is working

Let‚Äôs start with basic solutions. The first thing you need to do is check the keyboard hardware. If you are using Magic or an external keyboard, try plugging the keyboard into a USB port if any key is unresponsive (Not Charged Keyboard or Dead Keyboard). 

Further, if you‚Äôre facing an issue with a specific key, try using another keyboard with your Mac and press Control + Command + Space to cross-verify the problem. Alternatively, you can also try using the problematic keyboard with another Mac. If you find the emoji keyboard shortcut working correctly, the issue may be with your macOS. This will help you to identify whether the problem lies with the keyboard or macOS. 

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Open Emoji Keyboard on Mac Using Keyboard Shortcut

If the problem is with keyboard hardware, ensure to clean the keyboard properly. That’s because specs of debris and dirt might accumulate below the keyboard keys. However, if cleaning isn’t helping you, then it is better to take the help of an Apple Technician.

Solution #2. Restart Mac computer 

If the problem is with macOS, before hindering the macOS settings, try restarting the Mac computer. Usually, a simple restart lets out various issues with Mac, including the keyboard shortcut by clearing the bugs present in the macOS memory. To restart, click on the Apple Logo Menu > Restart… > Restart.

Further, if a normal restart isn’t working, you must try force-restarting the Mac. To do so, press the Control + Command + Power Button until your Mac shuts down.

Solution #3. Disable Sticky Keys

Sticky keys on Mac changes the behavior of macOS Shortcut. For instance, instead of pressing Control + Command + Space to access the emoji menu, you need to press Command and then press Control and then Space ( one at a time together ) to access settings. This feature will help the user who has a problem using a keyboard shortcut. Thus, if you have this setting enabled on your Mac, turn it off by following the steps below.

Step 1: Select the Apple Menu located at the top left corner of the Mac screen and Select System Settings from the menu.

Open Apple Logo Select System Setting On Mac

Step 2: Choose Accessibility from the left pane and Click on Keyboard from the right side.

Choose Accessibility Click Keyboard On Mac

Step 3: On the next screen, make sure the toggle next to the Sticky Key is turned off. 

Disable Sticky Key On Mac

Once you turn it off, try pressing the emoji keyboard shortcut on Mac. If it‚Äôs not working, move forward to the following solution. 

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Solution #4. Have you disable Globe Key?

There is a possibility that you might have accidentally or intentionally turned off the Globe key on your Mac running the latest macOS. Thus, we suggest enabling it on your Mac by following the steps below.

Step 1: Select the Apple Menu from the top left corner of your Mac and Select System Settings.

Open Apple Logo Select System Setting On Mac

Step 2: Choose Keyboard from left pane.Then, select keyboard Shortcut from right side.

Choose Keyboard Tap Keyboard Shortcut On Mac

Step 3: Click on the Modifier Key from the left side. Select drop-down next to Globe Key and choose Globe Key. To save changes, select Done.

Select Modifier Key Click on Globe Key Tap Done On Mac

Solution #5. Reset Modifier Keys to default

If none of the above solutions worked, try resetting the modifier keys to default. There are chances that you might have accidentally configured the modifier key for a different task from what it actually needs to be. Luckily, you can restore the modifier key to default and fix the emoji shortcut key not working on Mac. 

Step 1: Select the Apple Menu from the left top corner of the Mac screen. Choose System Settings.

Open Apple Logo Select System Setting On Mac

Step 2: Click on Keyboard from the left pane. Then, Choose Keyboard Shortcuts from the right side.

Select keyboard tap Keyboard Shortcut On Mac

Step 3: Select Modifier Key from the left pane. Click on the Restore Default Button. At last, click on Done. 

Choose Modifier Key Tap Restore Default Key Click Done On Mac

Solution #6. Make sure your Magic keyboard is charged

Having a low charge on Magic keyboard can often be a reason for an unresponsive keyboard, which eventually leads to confusion about the emoji keyboard shortcut not working on Mac. Therefore, we suggest checking the battery level of your Magic keyboard. Or else connect the keyboard using the lighting to the USB-C cable.

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Solution #7. Check USB Connection

If you’re using a third-party keyboard with your Mac, it is suggested to check the USB connection on both sides. Ensure that the USB cable is connected accurately on both sides.

Solution #8. Turn off Windows Mode

Usually, both wired/wireless and third-party keyboard comes with both Mac and Windows compatibility. If you‚Äôve enabled the Windows toggle on the keyboard, some buttons like option and Command will have issues functioning on Mac. Usually, there is a switch to switch from Windows to Mac. Switch it to Mac and start using it. 

Solution #9. Update macOS

macOS update includes solutions to fix the bugs causing various issues, including the emoji keyboard not working on Mac. Thus, we suggest updating the macOS to its latest version. For this, you can follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Select the Apple Menu located at the left top corner of Mac. Select System Settings.

Open Apple Logo Select System Setting On Mac

Step 2: Click on General from the left pane. Choose Software Update from the right side.

Choose General Select Software Update On Mac

Step 3: let your Mac check for updates. If available, click on Install Now. 

Select Update Now On Mac

Solution #10. Contact Apple Support

If none of the solutions mentioned in the article go to your side, you can contact the Apple Support Team. That‚Äôs because we have performed all the possible solutions, and they‚Äôre a dedicated team of experts that can help to diagnose the problem and accordingly offer you a solution. And in case you find it a hardware problem, then carry your Apple keyboard to the nearest Apple Service Station and ask for repair. 

Final Verdict!

This is how you can resolve the emoji keyboard shortcut not working on Mac running the latest macOS. However, if the issue continues, as a temporary solution, click on Edit from the Mac menu bar and choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly open the Emoji Menu.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

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