How to Disable the Mac Keyboard’s Emoji Shortcut

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2024 by

If you’re a Mac user, you may have noticed that pressing the Command + Control + Spacebar keys will bring up a menu of emojis. While this may be a fun feature for some, it can be a nuisance for others who accidentally trigger it while typing. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry – there is a way to disable this shortcut. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to disable the Mac keyboard’s emoji shortcut.

Why Disable the Emoji Shortcut?

While emojis can add a fun and playful element to your messages and social media posts, they may not be appropriate for all situations. Additionally, accidentally triggering the emoji shortcut while typing can be frustrating and disrupt your workflow. By disabling the shortcut, you can avoid these issues and have more control over when and where you use emojis.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Select Keyboard

In the System Preferences menu, click on the “Keyboard” icon.

Step 3: Go to the “Text” Tab

In the Keyboard menu, click on the “Text” tab at the top.

Step 4: Uncheck “Show Emoji & Symbols”

Under the “Replace text with emoji” section, uncheck the box next to “Show Emoji & Symbols” to disable the emoji shortcut.

Step 5: Close System Preferences

Once you have unchecked the box, you can close the System Preferences menu.

Step 6: Test the Shortcut

To ensure that the shortcut has been successfully disabled, open a text document or any other application where you can type and try pressing the Command + Control + Spacebar keys. If the emoji menu does not appear, then you have successfully disabled the shortcut.

Re-enabling the Shortcut

If you change your mind and want to re-enable the emoji shortcut, simply follow the same steps and check the box next to “Show Emoji & Symbols” in the “Text” tab of the Keyboard menu.


Disabling the Mac keyboard’s emoji shortcut can help improve your typing experience and give you more control over when you use emojis. By following these simple steps, you can easily disable or re-enable the shortcut to suit your preferences. Have you had any issues with the emoji shortcut on your Mac? Let us know in the comments.

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