I'm using El Capitan and I want to change emoji shortcut which is ctrl+cmd+space. I want to change it to two buttons? Is it possible?


This will work everywhere that Emoji & Symbols has a menu item...

  • System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts
  • Click 'All Applications'
    (hidden in the picture)
  • Click +
  • Type Emoji & Symbols in the first box
  • Type your replacement trigger in the second
  • Click Add

As noted in comments, Cmd/Space is usually used for Spotlight. I chose this almost at random & discarded after the picture was taken.

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    ⌘Space is however used by Spotlight (and also to switch keyboard layouts priori to El Capitan) Mar 9 '16 at 15:58
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    For sure - I just picked something almost at random & discarded it after I'd taken the shot.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 9 '16 at 16:12
  • In spanish the Menu Title is: "Emojis y símbolos" Oct 9 '19 at 12:12
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    Big Sur 11.1 Beta (20C5048k) ... have needed this again.. so still relevant in Dec 2020. Dec 2 '20 at 5:56

As a quick add-on to Tetsujin’s great answer, you could use Karabiner Elements to remap it to a single key if you wished.

Currently I’ve reassigned Caps Lock to showing the emoji picker.

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