In a (failed) quest to remove a years-old custom keyboard shortcut from my MacBook Pro, I inadvertently found a handy option in the keyboard settings that makes accessing emojis on desktop much easier.
Open your system preferences, click “keyboard,” then check the box that says “show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar.” This will instantly create an icon in the toolbar at the top of your screen that will let you access emojis at any time. To insert them into a text field, double click the emoji you want.
Of course, you’ve always been able to access emojis on Mac by using the keyboard shortcut “control + command + space bar,” but having a separate window I can open up with a clickable shortcut is a nice option; I personally find the pop-up that appears when you use the keyboard shortcut to be a little janky.
And remember, if you want to organise the way your toolbar shortcuts are laid out, hold down “command” while you click and drag to rearrange them however you like.