Chrome to work better with Windows 10 emoji picker, virtual keyboard

Windows 10 and Chrome

Thanks to the changes made by both Microsoft and Google, it’s
very fast to launch the emoji panel in Google Chrome. As you
may be aware, there are two ways to insert emoji in Chrome –
bring up Windows 10’s built-in emoji picker using Win + period
keyboard shortcut or right-click in a textbox.

However, there’s a rare bug where the emoji window or virtual
keyboard could be placed in the wrong location. According to
Microsoft, the “browser zoom factor” is currently not applied
to the control bounds when converting from CSS pixels to the
viewport.

As a result, the emoji window is placed in the wrong location
on some websites and services. This bug also affects other text
input features including the virtual keyboard on certain touch
devices.

Windows 10 emoji picker

In a new Chromium code commit, Microsoft has confirmed that it wants to
make that picker or virtual keyboard more convenient to reach
by enabling support for a new API. This new API is able to
fetch the control bounds of the element, which should improve
emoji picker behaviour in Chrome.

“The API fetches the bounding box of the element that has the
browser zoom factor applied and also converts the coordinates
from root frame to visual viewport,” Microsoft noted.

After the change is applied, you’ll notice that Google Chrome
opens the native emoji selector near the caret (textbox,
content-editable element). The code commit description notes
the feature is available for Windows and it won’t be applied to
Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS.

It’s also worth noting that the bug only affects some websites
and you can always change the location of the emoji picker
manually.

In addition to these improvements,
Microsoft is also working on a set of new Windows APIs to
dramatically improve the inking experience in Chromium-based
Chrome and Edge. It’s likely that the new APIs will be
introduced with Windows 10 Sun Valley update, which is expected
to launch this fall.

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