In the Keyboard settings of my MacBook, I have selected "Press 🌐 (globe) to Show Emoji & Symbols":

While this works fine on the internal keyboard, pressing fn 🌐 on an external Magic Keyboard doesn't open the emoji picker when my MacBook is in the clamshell mode, that is when its lid is closed.

Is there a way to make it work?

Update: Actually, sometimes it doesn't work, and sometimes it does. It seems random so far.

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The Globe key doesn't work when the lid is closed, but it does work when the lid is open. That maybe explain the randomness.

As a workaround you can use cmd + ctrl + space to open the emoji picker.


The 🌐 fn key on my MacBook Air's keyboard was not triggering the Emoji picker window.

I came to this question, and saw the recommendation to press ⌃⌘ Space. I did so and the Emoji picker immediately opened.

After doing so, the 🌐 fn key immediately started working again. Perhaps the emoji picker process had crashed; the spacebar shortcut seems able to relaunch the process while the globe / function key does not.

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