Just noticed this annoying emoji input ("Emoji Choice") popping up every time I press Ctrl+Shift+E in 18.04. I really need this shortcut to switch to the file explorer in Visual Studio Code but instead I only get the emoji input. Is there a way to disable this or at least change the shortcut? Don't want to change the VCS's shortcut because of this, I'm really used to it

  • The shortcut also conflicts with 'emphasis' in TeXmaker. – dremodaris Aug 2 '18 at 8:28
  • Did you solve the problem? I have exactly the same issue (although I'm on Mint MATE), and I can't trace which part of the system is responsible for this. – Marcus Jan 22 '19 at 21:28
  • @Marcus yes, please read the answers. – Alexander Jan 23 '19 at 8:33
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    Possible duplicate of How can I change the keyboard shortcut for Emoji picker? – user3140225 Sep 19 '19 at 17:51

Just a small hint: In case you don't find the IBus Preferences dialog, open a Terminal shell and type


A dialog like this will appear on your screen:

IBus Preferences dialog


Turned out it was the new ibus version that included the emoji package, I was able to change the shortcut in the ibus settings.

  • I got a fresh Ubuntu 18.04.3 and there is no such thing as ibus-setup (unless you install ibus... even then, the suggestion does not help), no keyboard shortcut in the shortcuts, but <kbd>ctrl</kbd>-<kbd>shift</kbd>-<kbd>E</kbd> indeed triggers emoji mode... so they use another tool? – Frank Nocke Sep 10 '19 at 16:04
  • It's very odd. I've tested a live 18.04.3 Ubuntu Mate; there's no ibus package installed, and Ctrl+Shift+E does not enable the emoji input, but it still consumes one extra keypress. I've then tested 19.10 beta, and there's no ibus package installed, and Ctrl+Shift+E doesn't not enable the emoji input nor it consumes an extra keypress. I would therefore seem it's a bug in the input system. – Marcus Oct 6 '19 at 20:24

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