How To Type Japanese On Windows 7

If you have a Windows PC at home, typing in Japanese is super easy. Just follow these quick steps and you’ll go from “watashi” to 「私」 in no time!

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[sixcol_two]Click on the Start Menu in the bottom left of the screen and select the Control Panel.[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]Under the “Clock, Language, and Region” category, click on “Change keyboards or other input methods.”[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]
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[sixcol_two]A new window will pop up. In that window, under the “Keyboards and Languages” tab, click the button that says “Change keyboards.”[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]Another window should pop up. In that new window, under the “General” tab, click “Add…” to add a new language.[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]A new window will appear that ha a long list of languages. Scroll down to Japanese, click on the plus sign next to it to expand the menu, and click the checkbox that says “Microsoft IME.”[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]Hit the “OK” button on all open windows to close them. A new button should appear in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen that lets you switch between languages. Select Japanese.[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]Next to that button there should now be a giant letter “A.” Click on that letter A and select the Hiragana option.[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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[sixcol_two]Once you’ve selected Hiragana, you should be all set to go! Just start typing a word in Japanese like watashi and it will turn into わたし automatically. Hit the spacebar to cycle between different kana and hit the enter button to finalize your choice.[/sixcol_two] [sixcol_four_last][/sixcol_four_last]

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