The following is a simple tutorial for enabling your computer to type the Japanese text. Similar steps can be taken for Korean Chinese and other languages. If you don't have Windows Vista the following link might cover what you need to do.
In Windows Vista
Step by step illustration
Start> Control panel> Regional and Language Options>
Click the following
Keyboards and Languages Tab
Change Keyboards... Button
Click and check the
Japanese and Microsoft IME (Input Method Editors) Boxes
Once you ok everything you should now be able to choose the language that you type in by selecting the desired language in the Task Bar.
The steps are generally similar in Win8, but the interface/layout is quite different and possibly confusing for a new user. Here is a brief tutorial to adding a language in Win8.
Last edited by Utsune; July 04, 2014 at 01:57 PM. Reason: Added brief tutorial on Win8 -Utsune
Since the above is a tutorial for Windows, here's a short tutorial for Mac users It's really easy (a lot easier than Windows )~
Here's how you do it:
1. Go into System Preferences and click "Language & Text"
2. Select Input Sources
3. Tick the checkbox next to "Kotoeri" and you're good to go Hiragana is selected by default so that when you type, it'll be in Hiragana then auto-converted to Kanji and so on, but you can also select Katakana or Romaji if you prefer.
Another alternative to the inbuilt input systems is something njt recommended to me, and it's what I'm using right now Google IME, which works on both Windows and Macs. The benefit of Google IME is that it gleans info off the internet, so you'll be using words that are commonly used. For example, if I want to type the title of the manga Shiki (屍鬼), I wouldn't be able to get it if I used the standard input systems since 屍鬼 is not actually a word per se. I'd get 四季... 式... 指揮... But not what I want! However, since the word 屍鬼 is fairly common on the internet with people discussing the series, it will appear on the IME kanji conversion list when I type "しき" This means easy typing of names like 黒崎一護 which actually aren't standard/normal.
In addition, typing things like "イエイ" easily gets you the emoji "v(￣Д￣)v ｲｴｲ"! How awesome is that?
But the standard Windows IME comes with an awesome drawing pad for kanji recognition! (That's why I haven't switched to Google IME yet)
Does it? Can you share more about it (maybe write a short tutorial if you have time? :3)? When you say "drawing pad", does that mean you need a tablet to write the kanji on for it to be recognized...?
Since I've never used Google IME or the drawing pad that cmertb mentioned, I can't say much about it.Originally Posted by saradesu
Anyway, I am sure that many people in Japan prefer ATOK over MS IME. (ATOK has been around in Japan for decades.)
MS IME can be pretty bad, but there are ways to go around it if you chose to use it.
To type 屍鬼(しき/shiki):
(1) Type しかばね to convert it to kanji (屍), then add 鬼(おに/oni)
This works only if you already know how to read kanji.
(2) If you type 屍鬼 often -
Find [Tools] icon on the language bar. Click it, then select [Register Words/Examples ...].
Display: 屍鬼 <---- copy and paste from whatever the website you can find the word.
Part of Speech: I think default is Noun/名詞 but you can change.
Add comments if you want. then click [OK]
Next time you use MS IME, you can simply type "しき" to convert it to "屍鬼"
- For Bleach Fans & Translators -
You can do this with MS IME:
When you add words, type
Once registered, "ざらきけんぱち" will be converted to "更木剣八."
Once registered, all you need is to type "ざら" to get "更木剣八."
Likewise, enter - Reading: くろ / Display: 黒崎一護. OK
くろ will be converted into 黒崎一護.
Well, I can't do a tutorial since I have zero image editing skills, but there is a button on your language toolbar that brings up the drawing pad. You can draw with the mouse, and as you draw, the app keeps displaying characters that look closest to what you're drawing. It's very fault tolerant, which makes it easy to use. I use it often when the scan is too low res to make out any individual radical, but when I start drawing what the kanji looks like to me, very often the correct one pops up at some point.
As for ATOK, do you have to buy it separately and install in Windows? Or do Japanese Windows already come with it pre-installed?
Last edited by cmertb; June 03, 2011 at 01:48 PM.
ATOK was developed in Japan as part of a well known word processor application called Ichitaro. The company now sells ATOK separately as well. It's quite expensive (around 100USD), so I would not just recommend it to anyone.
I use a program called the JWPce (Japanese Word Processor CE - the programmer made it for Windows CE but it works fine in XP and Win7, etc., and it's free). My college Japanese professor showed us how to use it, and it's pretty great - has a dictionary database, and you can look up kanji by a number of different methods, including SKIP. The default as you type is in hiragana; you get katakana by holding shift or using caps lock, and you can do kanji insert by 'capitalizing' the first letter in a word.
Another awesome thing about it is that it's small enough to store on a thumb drive, and it doesn't have to be installed - it just runs from a folder with all of its necessary files. So I can take it to work or a campus library, for example, where you'd have to have admin privileges to get Windows to install Japanese for display.
Last edited by smaller; June 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM.
Windows 7 Home Premium
[Control Panel] - [Clock, Language, and Region] - [Region and Language]
Select the [Keyboards and Languages] tab, then click on [Change keyboards].
Click [Add] button under Installed services in the [General] tab to add extra input languages. Scroll down to find Japanese. Double click Japanese, then double click keyboard. Select options ( Japanese; Microsoft IME), then click [OK].
Change the default input language to Japanese if you prefer.
Optional set-up: "Language for non-Unicode programs" in the [Administrative] under Region and Language Settings.
Click [Apply] or [OK] and close [Region and Language].
You may download other IME (such as google IME) to change the IME settings later.
To fully support Japanese application programs, upgrade your 7 Home Premium to Windows Ultimate, which is a very expensive alternative.
Note: I use US Windows 7. To see official information, please use Windows Help & Support feature.
i'm new here and really i didn't know what to do i didn't understand it
i have windows XP and i don't know a lot about japanies and and and
and i need your help --'
Just get NJstar
* install files for East Asian Languages (Japanese) and add a (Japanese) keyboard.
* learn how to use IME
Log on as an administrator.
Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.
On the Languages tab, under Supplemental language support, select the Install files for East Asian languages check box
then click OK or Apply. (Select only the necessary language(s)/Japanese to install.) Click Apply or OK.
On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details button to add a Japanese Keyboard. (Keep the default language as English. 1. Click Add button. 2. Chose Japanese input language and Keyboard layout/IME.) Click Apply or OK.
You may want to use Windows Help and Support information for more detail.
Last edited by mikkih; August 22, 2011 at 07:54 PM. Reason: striketrhough