'How to type in Japanese'
What software will you need?
You will have to have some kind of Japanese software. The HIRC has a Mac Lab and PC lab where all the computers are equipped with a Japanese language kit.
How to begin?
If you are using a Mac, hold down the apple key, and hit the space bar. You have now converted from English word-processing to Japanese word-processing. You should also see a red symbol in the upper right corner of your screen. If a blue diamond still appears in that corner, you are still using the English word processor.
How to type in ひらがな：
Just type as you would write the word in rooma-ji and then hit the return key.
Example: To type わたし, type "watashi", and hit the return key.
For long vowels, you have to type the word as it would be written in hiragana
and not as it sounds.
Example: To type おはよう, type "ohayou," not "ohayoo."
To type ん、you have to type 'n' twice.
Example: To type きんようび, type "kinnyoubi."
For small や、ゆ、よ as in きゃく、しゅうまつ、しょくじ、type as it appears in rooma-ji:
Example: To type きゃく, type "kyaku", しゅうまつ, "shuumatsu", and しょくじ, "shokuji."
For small つ、as in きってand ちょっと, type the consonants twice which follow the small
Example: To type きってand ちょっと, type "kitte" and "chotto."
For topic marker 「は」, type "ha"
For object marker 「を」, type "wo"
For direction marker 「へ」, type "he"
How to type カタカナ：
Type a katakana word just as you would do a hiragana word, and then hit the space bar. It should automatically be converted into katakana if the word is commonly written in katakana.
To write your name or an uncommon word, type a katakana word just as you would do a hiragana word, and then press F7. It should be converted into katakana. In order to switch back to hiragana, press F6. For the vowel lengthener, simply type a "dash."
For small ア, イ, ウ, エ, オ, etc., type letter "l" (el) and "a"
"L" stands for little.
How to type かんじ：
Type a word and hit the space bar. The computer automatically will choose a kanji for the word. If the chosen kanji is not correct, hit the space bar until you get the right kanji.
How to type punctuations:
Japanese period [。] → Press . (period)
Japanese comma[、] → Press , (comma)
Japanese open quote..「 → Press [
Japanese end quote...」 → Press ]
Convert a sentence phrase by phrase.
Example: to type the sentence ”今日は水曜日です。”：
Type (1) kyou (2) ha <hit the space bar to convert to kanji>
(3) suiyoubi<hit the space bar to convert to kanji>
(4) desu (５)period <and finally hit the return key.>
Now Let's Practice:
How to switch from English to Japanese or Japanese to English in keyboard
Press Alt and Shift. Then the languages in the Language bar should.
With Japanese in the Language bar, press Alt and ~(tilde). Then hiragana and direct input should be switched.
How to see word numbers
Go to Tool > Word Count
How to add furigana
Highlight kanji on which you would like to put furigana. Go to Format > Asian Layout > Phonetic Guide.