Using the IME in Windows

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Google Japanese Input (Beta)

In early December 2009, Google released a beta version of a new Japanese input method (IME). Early feedbacks seems very positive.

Google's 日本語入力 provides an alternative to the Microsoft IME.

Change keyboard layout

The keyboard layout in the IMEs is by default QWERTY and cannot be changed through the settings. To change to another layout, e.g. Dvorak, it is necessary to modify two keys in the Windows Registry.

Windows XP

  1. Run regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts
  3. Find the entry for the keyboard layout you want to use, e.g. United States-Dvorak (00010409). Make note of the value for Layout File (Kbddv.dll for United States-Dvorak).
  4. Find the entry for the language of the IME, e.g. Japanese, and change the value for Layout File to the value you found in step 3.
  5. Find the entry for the IME you are using, e.g. Japanese Input System (E0010411), and change the value for Layout File to the value found in step 3.

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