Renaming with Emoticons

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated September 7, 2020)

Naming files or folders on your computer is an important process in using your computer daily. After you have worked on a file and closed it, you will more often than not need to reopen the file at some point. The names we give our files and folders help us remember what is inside the item(s).

For some folks, naming files can be a bit of a headache or seem a bit boring, I mean, how often can you name a document along the lines of "Financials Q1-2020" only to be followed up by the "Financials Q2-2020" continuation?

If you find naming files in this manner tedious or just plain boring, you can add a bit of "fun" to your file names. This is possible by adding emoticons to your file names with the Windows 10 Emoji Panel. Adding emojis to your folders or file names is quite easy to do.

  1. Select the file or folder you wish to rename.
  2. Press F2. Windows allows you to change the file or folder name.
  3. Press Windows+. (period) or Windows+; (semicolon). This displays the Emoji Panel.
  4. Select the desired emojis from the panel, and Windows inserts them into the file name. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Emoji Panel on Windows 10.

  6. Press Enter or click an area away from the file to commit the new name.

If you have a specific emoji you want to use without having to scroll through the emoji panel, you can type in the emoji you want. After step 3, start typing the name for the emoji. So if I want to use the "ninja cat" emoji, I would start typing (without quotes) "Ninja". Windows displays any corresponding emojis from which I could then select. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Emoji Panel on Windows 10.

I recommend being careful with your new-found power, because as any Spiderman fan knows, "with great power comes great responsibility." Now that you have the power to add emojis to your folders and file names, be sure to do it wisely. It is not known how this naming method may impact things such as network drives, other or older operating systems, or used with Cmd or PowerShell. In our testing, we moved the renamed file to our network file server and was able to access it, with the same emoji name, on an Apple computer. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. A Folder with an emoji name on an Apple computer.

Adding your favorite emoji to your folder name is fast and easy. Now thanks to the Emoji Panel, your files and folders no longer need to be just boring text.

 This tip (7897) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


Finding Large Files

Large files can quickly take up valuable space on your hard drive. In this tip you discover how to easily search for ...

Discover More

Getting the Steps Down

Often when we are using our computers, we need to remember certain steps that we take, either for ourselves or to show ...

Discover More

Windows Key Shortcut List

Windows includes many combination keystrokes referred to as shortcuts. Knowing keyboard shortcuts can shorten the amount ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Increasing the Number of Restore Points

You may feel constrained by the low number of restore points your system is keeping. You can increase the disk space ...

Discover More

Evaluating System Performance Using the Task Manager

One of the many functions of the Windows Task Manager is to allow you to see how your system is performing. If necessary, ...

Discover More

Finding Your Wi-Fi Password

Connecting devices to your wireless network is generally easy, you select the network and enter the password. But, what ...

Discover More

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 5 - 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips