The Japanese IME will allow you to type in Japanese on a non-Japanese keyboard. You type in romaji which automatically turns into the Japanese equivalent.
I use only Half-Width alphanumeric (English) and Full-Width for Japanese as I mix English and Japanese.
Go to Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Keyboards and Languages > Add > Japanese
- Toggle Keyboard Input
- Windows – ALT+SHIFT
- Switch To Half-width Alphanumeric (Standard English)
- Windows – ALT +~
- Switch To Hiragana
- Windows – CTRL+CAPS LOCK
- Switch To Katakana
- Windows – ALT+CAPS LOCK
- Cycle Through Possible Kanji (While underlined)
- Convert To Hiragana (While underlined)
- Windows – F6
- Convert To Katakana (While underlined)
- Windows – F7
- Small characters (for like YA, YU, YO, TSU, etc..)
- Type a L before typing the characters
- Close up ん when used as the last character
- When typing a word ending with N, the IME will leave it as an English N as it is still waiting for input. Simply type N again to force it to ん
- Cycle through all possible symbols
- Type “kigou” and press SPACE then TAB to see all.
- First enable by going to Tools->Properties->Dictionary/Auto-tuning->Enable “Microsoft IME Speech and Emoticon Dictionary”
- Shortcut to use is “kao”