Japanese IME

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

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • 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)
    • SPACE
  • 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.
  • Kaomoji
    • First enable by going to Tools->Properties->Dictionary/Auto-tuning->Enable “Microsoft IME Speech and Emoticon Dictionary”
    • Shortcut to use is “kao”


  • http://my.opera.com/sukekomashi-gaijin/blog/the-windows-japanese-ime


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