How to type in Japanese with an English keyboard

This tutorial will teach you how to change the keyboard layout on your computer so it types in both Japanese and English.  This tutorial is only for Windows (ideally, Windows Vista/7)!

  1. Click on “Start”
  2. Select “Control Panel”
  3. Click on “Clock, Language, and Region”
  4. Select “Change keyboards or other input methods” from the “Region and Language” menu
  5. Select “Change keyboards…” from the “Keyboards and Languages” tab
  6. Click “Add…”
  7. Scroll down and find “Japanese.” Then, click on the plus sign to expand it.
  8. Expand the “Keyboard” option as well
  9. Check the box saying “Microsoft IME.” If there is no option for that, select “Show More…”
  10. Press “Ok”

Congratulations! You’ve enabled a Japanese keyboard for your computer!

There should be a Language bar floating around somewhere on your computer. Most likely, it will be on your taskbar next to your clock.

To switch between English and Japanese, press CTRL and SHIFT at the same time or click on “EN” on the Language bar and select “JP.” To switch between Hiragana, Katakana, etc., simply change the input mode on the language bar.

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  • すし猫

    こんにちわ!I’m learning Japanese, too! ありがとう!!

    • Jada Grant


  • Leah

    where do you press start?

  • Bludrock

    I dont think it worked

  • だいすき

    ありがと!it worked xD

  • だいすき

    ありがと!it worked xD

  • Stephen

    It doesn’t work for me…

  • DurkaDur

    this should be typing in Japanese right now but its not…

  • gggggggg

    it works. thanks :)

  • MakeshiftMermaid

    ありがと ございます! Thank you so much!

  • emiliyo

    what are the english keyboard letters to type this japanese word “グーグル “

  • djdjdjdjdjdjddjdjd

    ありがとうございます! Thank you so much for this tutorial

  • ジャッキ


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