How to Type Japanese

We presented how to type in Japanese characters on Windows and MAC for those who are learning Japanese language.

You can input Japanese characters with non-Japanese software such as English email software or English Office softwares.

Japanese keyboard is NOT necessary.

Please install a typing Japanese software called IME (Input Method Editor).

Installing IME

For Windows

Typing Japanese software MS-IME is provided for Windows by Microsoft.
It is already on your system as a standard accessory.

Installing and setting IME

How to install MS-IME

How to start Japanese typing mode

How to finish Japanese typing mode


Typing Japanese software, KOTOERI is provided on MAC OS.

Typing Japanese - Level 1

Type Japanese words in Hiragana and Katakana

Here, we introduced how to type in Japanese by using MS-IME of Windows.
It is basically the same way with KOTOERI of MAC.

Kana Tables (Hiragana Katakana tables)

How to type Japanese character is based on Hiragana Katakana table.
Please check it first.

Lesson 1

Type Japanese words in Hiragana

Lesson 2

Type Japanese words in Katakana

How to correct a typO after converting, before Enter

Lesson 3

Type Hiragana Katakana Long Vowels

Lesson 4

Type Hiragana Katakana Double consonants

Lesson 5


Lesson 6

Type Katakana New methods, "FA", "FI", "TI", etc.

Lesson 7

Type short sentence in Hiragana and Katakana - Particles "WA" and "O"

How do you input ?

You can input Japanese symbols by IME under the Japanese typing mode.

See the Keys to input symbols ...

Typing Japanese - Level 2

Type Japanese words and sentences in Kanji

Lesson 8

Convert Hiragana into Kanji

Choose a word you want to input from options

Type numbers with Kanji such as date or time

Lesson 9

Type and convert word by word

Type and convert sentence at once

How to correct a typO after converting, before Enter

Lesson 10

Type the alphabet under the Japanese mode

Lesson 11

Expand or shorten a phrase to convert


How to Change Input Mode

MS-IME provides two input modes, Romaji Input mode and Kana Input mode.
You need to use Romaji Input mode to type Japanese with Non-Japanese keyboard.

Romaji Input modeA Oあ お(A O)
Kana Input modeA Oち ら(Chi Ra)

If your IME is under the Kana Input mode,
you can change it to Romaji Input mode by the following steps.

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista

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