How Can I Change My Computer Keyboard to Type Japanese?

By Zeus Tyrone Mendoza

Change your keyboard input to type in Japanese.
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Windows XP comes bundled with many preset languages--including Japanese--since the operating system is used worldwide. You can change your computer keyboard to type in Japanese through Windows XP's "Regional and Language Options" menu.

Click on "Start" then "Control Panel." Select "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options" then click on "Regional and Language Options."

Click on the "Languages" tab and check "Install files for East Asian Languages" under the "Supplemental language support" section. Then click on "Apply" to confirm the changes.

Click on the "Advanced" tab under the "Regional and Language Options" menu. Select "Japanese" under the "Language for non-Unicode programs" drop-down box. Then check "10001 (MAC - Japanese)" under the "Code page conversion tables" section.

Reboot the computer, then navigate back to the "Regional and Language Options" menu (click "Start," "Control Panel," Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options," then "Regional and Language Options"). Click on the "Languages" tab then select "Details" to bring up the "Text Services and Input Languages" menu.

Click "Add" then select "Japanese" from the "Input language" drop-down box. From the "Keyboard layout/IME" drop-down box select "Japanese" then click "OK."

Click on "Key Settings" under the preferences section to bring up the "Advanced Key Settings." Click on "Change Key Sequence" then uncheck the following boxes: "Switch input languages" and "Switch keyboard layouts." Then click "OK" to save the changes.