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    This article is for people with visual impairments who use a screen reader program with Skype and is part of the Skype Accessibility content set. For more general help, visit Skype Support home.

    Use Skype with your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in macOS screen reader, to add chat expressions to your instant messages (IM) by searching for them or browsing through expression categories. You can add emoticons, GIFs, stickers, and mojis. Emoticons are small emotion icons that can be added within text in a single chat message. GIFs, stickers, and moji videos are larger entities, where each sticker or moji is sent as an individual message without additional text. The information provided in this article is for use with the latest version of Skype. For more information, please go to How do I update Skype?

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    Search for chat expressions

    1. While writing chat messages in the Type a message here text input field, press Shift+Tab. You hear "Open expression picker." Press Return.
    2. The expression picker opens and the focus is in the Emoticons tab. To move to the GIFsStickers, or Mojis tab, press the Right arrow key until you hear the correct tab name, and then press Return.
    3. To search for an expression, press the Tab key until you hear "Search, edit text." Enter text describing the expression.  The search is performed while you type.
    4. To access the search result list, press the VoiceOver modifier keys (Control+Option) along with the Right or Left arrow keys, and then press Return to make the selection.
    5. The expression picker closes if you selected a GIF, Sticker or Moji and it is sent to your conversation. If you selected an Emoticon, it is added to your current chat message in the Type a message here field.
     
    Note: To exit the expression picker without selecting anything, press Esc.


     

    Browse chat expression categories

    1. While writing chat messages in the Type a message here text input field, press Shift+Tab. You hear "Open expression picker." Press Return.
    2. The expression picker opens and the focus is in the Emoticons tab. To move to the GIFsStickers or Mojis tab, press the Right arrow key until you hear the correct tab name, and then press Return.
    3. To select an expression category, press the Tab key until you hear "Close expression picker," and then press Shift+Tab. Use the Left and Right arrow keys to move between the categories. VoiceOver announces them as you move.
    4. To select the category that interests you, press Return. The focus moves inside the category. Browse through the expressions in that category using the Left or Right arrow keys, and then press Return to make the selection.
    5. The expression picker closes if you selected a GIF, Sticker or Moji and it is sent to your conversation. If you selected an Emoticon, it is added to your current chat message in the Type a message here field.
     
    Note: To exit the expression picker without selecting anything, press Esc.




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