|1.||Start your word processing software or Email software.|
|Here will take WordPad as an example.|
|2.||Click "ENG" of the Language Bar|
Select "Japanese Microsoft IME".
|3.||Language mode "ENG" will be on Japanese mode [A].|
|The mode will be on Japanese mode [あ].|
|This is Hiragana in put mode by using Romaji typing mothod.|
This is a standard input mode of Japanese language.|
You can, of course, type not only Hiragana, but also Katakana and Kanji.
|You can switch between English mode and Japanese mode by a shortcut, "ALT" + "SHIFT".|
Now, you are ready to type in Japanese.
Let try to type a Japanese word, "Hajimemashite".
Select Japanese font.
Two font faces (4 fonts) are provided as as standard fonts of Windows.|
Gothic is a Sans-serif font like Arial in English font. Mincho is a Serif font like Time New Roman.
P in MS PMincho / MS PGothic means "Proportional font".
|Here will take MS PMincho.|
If you have installed Microsoft Office 2007 (or later), the font names are in Japanese.
Or, if you set "Japanese" at "Language for non-Unicode Programs" of "Region" from the Control panel, the font names are also in Japanese.
|6.||Type "hajimemashite (ha_ji_me_ma_shi_te)".|
|will appear on the screen in Hiragana.|
|At this point it is underlined.|
You can convert Romaji into Kana or Kanji by "Space" bar.
It is the convert key while the word typed is underlined.
MS-IME on Windows 8 provides "Auto-Conversion" and shows some options automatically.
If the word (phrase) you want to type is in the option, select it by "Up/Down" key.
Or, you can use "Space" bar to go down.
If MS-IME doesn't give any option automatically, please press the "Space" bar.
You can convert Romaji into Kana or Kanji manually.
|7.||Press Enter key|
|The underline disappears and Japanese characters are typed in the document.|
We provided some Lessons to practice typing Japanese in this section.
Please try it.
Go to the next step, How to Finish Japanese mode or Remove MS-IME.