Japanese font/text on an American PC
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So, I want to be able to type in Japanese on my computer. It's a COMPAQ with Windows XP. I know there is a way by changing your "regional and language options" in the control panel, but that requires the Windows XP disc. My dics is broken, so that is no longer an option for me. I also looked on the computer's character map, and hiragana and/or katakana were nowhere to be found. ((I only mention these two because I don't yet know any kanji)). You can also get an IMO (or something like that, I don't remember what it's called), but that's a program for Microsoft Word, which I don't have. I was wondering if I could get any advice on what to do. Should I try to torrent Microsoft Word somewhere? Should I search for a character map that I can download that includes hiragana and katakana (I already tried, but with no sucess)?

Any help would be super appreciated.
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i've alrady converted mine i saw an article on google about this, but i forgot which website, so i'm just gonna repeat what it said

control panel >> regional and language options >> then the 'language' tab
under the 'supplemental language support' >> tick the install files for East Asian Languages
but i'm so sorry, i forgot whether you have to restart you computer at this point or not. just restart it if the computer asked u to do so
then still on 'language' tab, under 'text services and input languages' >> click 'details'
it will then open up 'text services and input languages' settings >> under 'installed devices' >> click add
then change your 'input language' to Japanese.
then you can see that it has added 'japanese keyboard' to the list. then under the 'keyboard' list, there will be a 'Microsoft IME standard 2002 ver 8.1' >> click it
then just ok ok and ok until the language bar appears. usually it's on the upper side, just bring it down to your start bar.

change it to 'JP' whenever it's changed on its own to 'EN' (cuz that's what it is doing on my comp ) then beside it you can see the type of alphabet it's going to type. if the word 'A', it means english alphabet but if '' appears, it means that you're typing in hiragana. one tip is that you can switch your typing style, just by pressing Alt and the '~' button, so it's Alt+(the button under the esc button). so, u don't need to keep switching keyboard style.

if you want to type in katakana, just press space once or press F7 after typing the word. and if you wanted to input kanji in, press space twice after typing in the word, then you can see a list of possible kanji word. then let's say if u meant to type only 1 character, press enter to get the next character, if not it's gonna treat the next character too if you (for example) wanted to change it. the give away is the line under the word.

then try it on notepad or wherever that you can type until u get the hang of it.


i hope this helps. sorry if it's a bit confusing. if u still can't get it work, let me know.
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ah if forgot to mention one more thing. let's say u want to type in 'か' they type 'ka'. this is what happens in my keyboard, and it's actually easier. but if u have vista, the keyboard is the same the japanese keyboard. i think, that's because i tried on my school computer that has vista (i know i know, i'm just bored at my class), it doesn't type as the thing i wanted. it goes weird. LOL that's why i think that's the case.
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Thanks a lot! I'll try it out asap!
Posted 2/28/08
oooh ok? XD
Posted 3/20/08
Should`ve asked in the Tech Thread .
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-710/The-Tech-Thread-Computer-Geek-Stuff.html
Question answered anyway .
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