This 2016 tip from Dan Moren is more relevant than ever. Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover for iPad has a dedicated Globe key you can press to get the emoji keyboard, but (a) most hardware keyboards don’t (including Apple’s own standalone Bluetooth Magic Keyboard); and (b) iPadOS 13.4 now lets you remap the Globe key to, for example, Escape.
So how do you type emoji? Easy: Control-Space opens the keyboard picker.
Bonus tip: This shortcut is similar to the Command-Control-Space shortcut on MacOS that opens the Emoji & Symbol picker.
Bonus complaint: One thing I love about the Mac emoji picker that is bafflingly still absent on iOS: search.
★ Monday, 30 March 2020