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Use Emoji in file and folder names System 10.7
It is possible to use Emoji in file and folder names. When typing a file or folder name, you can choose Edit > Special Characters, click on Emoji, and add the symbols you want to use. They will display in the Finder as part of the item’s name. If you use them at the beginning of a file name, they sort above numbers but below spaces.

[kirkmc adds: We had a hint last year about using Emoji in LaunchPad. I felt it was also interesting to point out that you can use Emoji in file and folder names. Personally, I wouldn’t want to put smileys on file names, but adding symbols can make certain folders stand out. You can even add folders to the Finder sidebar, and the Emoji will add some color to that drab gray area (whereas custom folder icons don’t display in the sidebar).]
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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: DougAdams on Nov 02, '12 08:09:12AM

How well (if at all) do Emoji display in Open/Save dialogs and in other text displays? How do they work with Spotlight?

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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: Supp0rtLinux on Nov 02, '12 11:33:39AM

The thing to watch out for is compatibility. While this might be fine for files that live entirely and exclusively on your Mac, adding emoji to file or folders that you might want to move to a PC via a memory stick, over a CIFS share, or uploaded to Dropbox, or even just stored on a FAT or exFAT filesystem etc could very well be problematic. Don't get me wrong… I'm not saying it won't work and I haven't tried, but I've seen extended ACLs cause enough issues that I think putting foreign characters such as emoji into files or folders that could potentially leave your Mac is probably something to watch out for.



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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: rthille on Nov 02, '12 09:17:35PM

But custom icons _do_ show in the sidebar. I just customized one of my folders tonight so that I could tell the difference between by DropBox (the app) folder and a DropBox folder on a network server.



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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: kirkmc on Nov 03, '12 12:21:44AM

If I paste an image on a folder in the Finder, then add the folder to the sidebar, I see just a regular blue folder. This is with Mountain Lion.

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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: mistersquid on Nov 04, '12 08:23:04AM

Finder sidebar does not display custom icons for me either (10.7.5).



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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: mistersquid on Nov 04, '12 08:20:04AM

While it's cool one can use Emoji characters in file names, having used Emoji on my iPhone I've run into compatibility issues transferring files even to my Mac (through the app vendors' servers).

Also, Terminal (UNIX command line) does not handle Emoji gracefully.

Finally, rather than add "character" to the file name, it seems to make better sense to me to customize the file or folder icon which has much wider range of display options in the Finder.



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Use Emoji in file and folder names
Authored by: Piesco on Apr 21, '13 07:14:17AM

I keep my entire Home folder synced with Dropbox. Made the mistake of naming a folder with special characters. It caused HUGE I mean HUGE problems with Dropbox, messed up and slowed down my computer, caused hours of work to fix. If you use Dropbox be warned, do not use special characters in folder names. You will likely regret it.



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