How to Type Japanese

Windows XP

Step 2 : How to Start Typing Japanese Mode

1.Start your word processing software or E-mail software.
 Here will take Outlook Express (E-mail), which is a standard accessory for Windows XP, as an example.
2.Click Language mode "EN" of the Language Bar
Select "Japanese".
3.Language mode is switched from "EN" to Japanese mode "JP".
You can take the Language Bar out from the taskbar and display it
as a Floating Bar on the desktop.
Floating Bar
Click a small icon which is the next to the "CAPS"
"Language Bar" is stored on the taskbar.
The Languabe Bar stored on the taskbar.
4.Click the Input mode "A" and select "Hiragana"

If you set "non-Unicode Programs" which is an Option Step (See Index menu),
the menu of the Language Bar is in Japanese, if you do not take this option, it is in English.

5.This is Hiragana in put mode.
 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".

6.Activate Outlook Express (E-Mail).
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 PGothic means "Proportional font".
 Here will take MS PGothic.

If you set "non-Unicode Programs" which is an Option Step (See Index menu),
the font names are in Japanese, if you do not take this option, they are in English.

7.Type "hajimemashite (ha_ji_me_ma_shi_te)".
  will appear on the screen in Hiragana.
 At this point, it is underlined.
8.Press Enter key.
 The underline disappears and Japanese characters are typed in the document.
9.Send the e-mail
 Then, you may be asked if you send your e-mail as Unicode or not.
Select "Send As Unicode".
 Unicode is Multilingual character code. Currently, most softwares support Unicode.

You can also change the configuration of your email software in order to
avoide having the above message every time.

10.Click "Format"
Click "Encoding"
11.Click "More"
 Please note down your default encoding before you change it.
In this case it is "Western European (ISO)".
12. Select "Unicode (UTF-8)"

Go to the next step, How to Finish Japanese mode or Remove MS-IME.

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