Cannot use emojis

Problem

Emoji panel pops up but when I click an emoji, it will not paste into Obsidian (or any other app). I only use emojis in Obsidian so it drives me mad.

What I tried

I don’t recall changing anything on my system to create the problem. Emojis just stopped pasting one day. I searched the Internet endlessly but found no help. Everything is just how to get the emoji panel to pop up, but that’s not the problem.

I realize this is not an Obsidian problem, but I am hoping one of the super-savvy here knows of a solution. Really appreciate any help.