Write In Hiragana On Microsoft Word

Write proper nouns in both Japanese and English using Microsoft Word.

Since Microsoft Word has support for many East Asian languages, Japanese hiragana input requires just a few steps to enable. Write your report for Japanese class or compose a letter to your Japanese-speaking pen pal using Windows’ built-in Japanese input method, MS-IME. Configure your computer to have bilingual input settings, which makes it possible to switch between Japanese and English with a few clicks.


1. Click on the Start button, then click on “Control Panel.”

2. Click “Change keyboards or other input methods” under “Clock, Language and Region.” Click the “Change keyboards…” button.

3. Click the “Add” button and check the box next to the “Microsoft IME” option. Click “OK.”

4. Open Microsoft Word. Locate the Language Toolbar located in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. If your default language is English, the toolbar says “EN.”

5. Click on “EN” in the Language Toolbar and select “Japanese” from the list.

6. Click on the “A” to change the input method, then select “Hiragana.” Write hiragana characters by typing the romanized Japanese equivalents. Word underlines the hiragana characters as you enter the word. When you are finished writing the word, press “Enter” to lock in the characters.

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