How to Make a Heart on a Keyboard

Show some love with these keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac

What to Know

  • Windows: Press Alt+3 on your keyboard to instantly type a heart symbol (must have Number Pad).
  • Alternatively, press Windows key + Period (.) to bring up the emoji keyboard.
  • Mac: Press Cmd + Ctrl + Space to select heart symbols from the emoji keyboard.

This article contains instructions for typing a heart on a keyboard using several methods that work on Windows, Macs, or both.

How to Type a Heart on a Windows Keyboard

The heart symbol ❤️ is a commonly used emoji character, but most keyboards don’t have a designated key. Fortunately, you can type emoji from your keyboard on Windows and Macs if you know the right keyboard shortcuts.

These instructions apply to PCs running Windows 10.

  1. Open a web page or file (Word, PowerPoint, Notepad, etc.) and click to position the cursor in the text field where you’d like the heart to appear.

  2. Hold down the Windows button on your keyboard and then press the Period button (.). This will bring up a small emoji keyboard.

    Opening emoji keyboard on Windows 10.
  3. Click the Symbols category in the bottom right corner (the heart icon).

    Selecting heart emoji on Windows 10.
  4. Click the Heart Symbol you’d like to type and it will appear in the text box.

    Searching for heart symbols in Windows 10 emoji keyboard.

    If you can’t find a particular emoji, click the search icon and type out the name of the emoji you’re looking for.

How to Type a Heart on a Mac Keyboard

Here's how it works on a Mac:

These instructions apply to Macs running macOS Sierra 10.12 or later.

  1. Open a web page or file (Word, PowerPoint, Notepad, etc.) and click to position the cursor in the text field where you’d like the heart to appear.

  2. Press Cmd + Ctrl + Space on your keyboard at the same time. An emoji keyboard will appear.

    Opening emoji keyboard on Mac.
  3. Click the Symbols category in the bottom row. It’s located between the Objects (lightbulb) and Flags categories.

    Selecting Symbols category on Mac emoji keyboard.
  4. Click the heart you'd like to type and it will appear in the text box.

  5. To manually search for a heart emoji, type “heart” in the search bar at the top of the Frequently Used category window.

    Searching for heart emojis on Mac emoji keyboard.

What Is the Alt Code for a Heart?

You can type out a heart symbol instantly on Windows if you know the alt code. For example, holding down Alt + 3 on your keyboard’s number pad will produce a simple heart. However, there are many other codes you can use to make different heart emojis.

Things work a little differently on Macs, as the Apple keyboard uses option keys to insert symbols. However, you’ll have to change your keyboard settings to use the Unicode Hex Input method to do this. It’s much easier to use Cmd + Ctrl+ Space and bring up the emoji keyboard, as Unicode is a complicated, somewhat limited method.

How Do You Make a Heart Without a Number Pad?

Unfortunately, alt codes on Windows only work with the numeric keypad. You can't use the numbers across the top of your keyboard. 

Most Windows laptop keyboards don’t have a number pad, so the easiest way to type a heart would be to use the emoji keyboard steps, as outlined above. However, it’s still possible to use a number pad on your computer, even if your keyboard doesn’t have one.

  1. Hold down the Windows key + Ctrl + O to open the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Check Turn on numeric key pad.

    Turning on Windows virtual keyboard numberpad.
  4. Click the NumLock button to bring up the number pad.

    Clicking NumLock on Windows virtual keyboard.

Alternatives include downloading a Numpad emulator or using an external keyboard with a Numpad built-in.

If you don't know the alt code for a particular symbol or can't find an emoji in the emoji keyboard, you can search for it using Google or another search engine and copy/paste it.

How Do You Get the White Heart Emoji on Your Keyboard?

The White Heart emoji 🤍 is commonly used online to discuss someone passing away. To get it, you can type Alt + 9825 on Windows or find it in the Windows or Mac emoji keyboards.

  • How do I add a heart symbol on Facebook?

    If you're using the Facebook app, use the Emoji keyboard to add a heart in a comment or post. Or, tap the smiley face, and then choose from a variety of heart-related stickers and avatars. Alternatively, type <3 and a heart will appear. If you're using Facebook on the desktop, tap the Emoji icon to bring up emoji options, and then choose a heart.

  • How do I type a broken heart on a keyboard?

    On a Windows PC, type Alt + 128148 to generate a broken heart. Or copy and paste the symbol from a website. On a Mac, press Cmd + Ctrl + Space, click Symbols and select the broken heart.

  • How do I make other symbols with my keyboard?

    Use Alt codes and Option codes on a Windows PC or Mac to insert various symbols and special codes.

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