I'm puzzled:

I'm running Xubuntu 20.04.5 - and I swear I saw a 2y old kid accidentally spawn an emoji-input option in something like Mousepad. The emojis shown in a table were black/white font-ish, not colored bitmaps.

To be honest, I don't recall which editor exactly - but I cannot find out how that kid has done that. I can't find any information about a keyboard shortcut that would do that.

I'm very sure it wasn't any web-browser. ;)

Does anyone have an idea about an emoji-input-option like that, installed by default? Thanks a lot.

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    @Nmath it's good, but for simpler approach, I think using app finder, and just type crtl+dot, and emoji pop up shown, and just copy paste to any location you need. Oct 28, 2022 at 21:58
  • @Nmath and Input elector to iBus seems nice also, built in Oct 28, 2022 at 22:08

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Thanks everyone! Yes, "Ctrl+." (control+dot) pops up a monochrome emoji picker (at least in Mousepad) :P :D

I'm curious: How come some edit fields support "CtrlDot", some don't? Like: Can't do it here in Firefox or vim, but in most (libgnome-?)applications? (<- Or shall I as that in another question?)

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