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Windows 10 19H1 adds kaomoji support to hotkeys

Shruggies should be a native hotkey option in Windows 10 soon. (Source: TNW)
Shruggies should be a native hotkey option in Windows 10 soon. (Source: TNW)
The current Windows Insider Preview build (or Windows 10 19H1) has been updated to include support for the 'shruggie' and other emojis of its types in the OS' hotkeys. This may finally bring a welcome end to workarounds with keyboard shortcuts and so on. 19H1 should be available in early 2019.

The current Windows 10 update (1809, or the October 2018 update) has had its issues and roadblocks since it was unrolled to the public in November. However, it is to be hoped that its successor has a better and more device-friendly time of it. This is because it is set to bring a piece of good news for emoji enthusiasts everywhere (with possible exceptions such as, for example, Copyshrug).

This is because the latest iteration of the Windows 10 Preview Build (or 19H1) is now reported to add native support for kaomojis in its hotkeys. These emojis, the origin of which are attributed to Japanese users, are composed of characters such as em-dashes. They include the famous and ever-popular 'shruggie' and 'table-flip'.

They will be selectable alongside the more conventional emoji section of the hotkey menus. On the other hand, the new kaomoji page is not getting the 'type to search' option available to the older one. Windows also state that they are adding "sections for punctuation, currency, geometric, math, Latin, and language symbols" with the novel form of emoji support. The Windows 10 Preview Build for 2019 is available to those in the relevant user program now, and should be more generally available by the spring of next year.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-12-20 (Update: 2018-12-20)