I have designed a schedule in Google Sheets that uses emoji to indicate the character of each days activities. They display perfectly in Google Sheets. I want to physically print the sheet but when I try to export to PDF they disappear leaving behind the dreaded crossed boxes. I have also tried to export to HTML and then print the resulting page. This does preserve the emoji but badly breaks the layout on print.

My question is this-- can it be done? Can I print emoji from google sheets or will I have to redo my work in a different program.

  • Hey, seems like an encoding issue, not sure what can be done. Try maybe some picture instead of emojis ? here's an example. You can check for corresponding image at emojipedia.org
    – pjmg
    Commented Aug 6, 2019 at 20:58

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Try using image instead of emojis?

here's a sample


Links of images come from emojipedia.


I exported the document to excel and it shows the emojis and then they print from there.

  • This doesn't work in my old version of Excel 2007, but perhaps it does in more recent versions.
    – Simon East
    Commented Oct 7, 2022 at 10:08

if you don't have to choose exact font, emoji containing cells that are formatted with "Inconsolata" or "Sawarabi Mincho" are perfectly exported to PDF.



As I explained in this Answer

  • Export your Sheet as Web page (.Html)

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  • Open with a browser and save as a PDF
  • Open the PDF with a PDF editor or Illustrator and delet columns and rows grids

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I've reported this as an issue here: https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/241147770

Please vote the issue if you want Google to solve it.

Note: when I use fonr Noto Emoji emojis are printed, but they are not colored.

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To use this font select 'More Fonts' option.


The solution for me was instead of choosing to Download PDF via "File > Download > PDF", try the following: "File > Print > Next > Destination > Save As PDF" (click the dropdown showing your printer). This will export with the emojis.

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