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I'm looking for a mouseless/mouse-free solution. And I want to use the whole Character Viewer-- not just certain characters.

I can open the Character Viewer with CTRL+CMD+SPACE, but it doesn't have focus, so it seems I have to use my mouse to select anything inside it.

How can I give that window keyboard focus without using my mouse?

And then how can I copy characters from that window without using my mouse?

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The Character Viewer has two states, as seen below.

  1. The complex state, that needs to be clicked first and doesn't seem to allow keyboard-only activation:

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  1. The simple state, that gets automatically activated when invoked and is a joy to work with using only the keyboard. Tab key is used to switch between emoji categories:

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You can switch between the states by clicking the friendly but almost invisible icon in the top-right corner (don't know what it's called, doesn't have any tooltip).

Friendly but invisible icon

To summarize, click the friendly icon, activate the Character Viewer, stay with the keyboard.

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You should be able to use the search field in the small version of Character Viewer. See one of the answers to this earlier question.

  • The search field can be used, however you need to reach for the mouse, and activate the Character Viewer first. Cmd+Tab/Cmd+` don't work. – Vlad Aug 1 at 8:32
  • @Vlad I don't understand your comment. You can activate the Character Viewer via Control Command Space. No need to "reach for the mouse". – Tom Gewecke Aug 1 at 15:46
  • At least on my Mojave install (10.14.6) the Character Viewer is displayed by default in its 'complex' state (for a lack of a better word - please see my answer for pics). In this complex state it has to be clicked before you can use the keyboard on it. – Vlad Aug 2 at 7:25

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