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Tips for using IME 
20th-Apr-2009 11:13 am
Just thought I would start up a collection of tips about using IME. If anyone has anything to add please leave a comment!

Apparently, most of these work fine on macs too! 
TypeAfter HenkanComments
vu ヴ 
du づ 
di ぢ 
wi ゐ ヰ pronounced as 'i'
we ゑ ヱ pronounced as 'e'
xo  li  xyo ぉ ぃ ょ  'x' or 'l' before sounds makes small ones
xtu  xtsu  ltu ltsu っ (see above)
だくてん ゛ aka. 'chon chon' or 'ten ten'
はんだくてん  ゜ the small circle on 'p' sounds
 かっこ 《》『』 parentheses
 おなじ 々 ゞ repeats previous kanji
 にょろ から ~ 
 おーむ ω Ω Greek letters used in kaomoji
 でー д Greek letter used in kaomoji
 まる ○ ◎ circles
 ばつ × cross
 やじるし → ↑ arrows
 きごう ㊥ ㌘ * lots of symbols
 すうがく √ ≒ mathematical symbols
 おんがく ♭♯ musical annnotations
 けいせん ┌ ┤ lines
 ななめ \/ slanted lines
 かお ☺☹☻ faces (may only work with some versions)
 さんかく △ ▼ triangles
 しかく ■ ◇ squares & diamonds
 ゆうびん 〒 post office symbol
 だいひょう (代) short for 代表取締役 - how to indicate   someone is the CEO of a company
 かぶしきがいしゃ (株) the Japanese version of Pty. Ltd.
 おんぷ ♪ musical notes
 ほし ☆ stars
 ろしあ и к Russian letters
 ぎりしゃ β γ Greek letters
 てん 、・ dots, commas
 / (forward slash) ・ used like '&'

While you have your Japanese input  'on' (i.e. JP and あ are showing!)  you can press CTRL + F10 and that will bring up a menu list for your IME (same as all the buttons on the bar). Within properties there are a lot of things you can change as well. For example, the general tab lets you choose between romaji and kana input and you can also change your punctuation to display as either . , / .、etc.

Have a katakana word you can't work out the English for? Go to "Properties" (see above). Then select the dictionary tab. In "System Dictionaries" put a check next to "Microsoft IME Katakana and English". Then click "Ok" or "Apply". You can then type in your mystery word in katakana or hiragana and pressing henkan will change it back to English!

Chose the wrong kanji and want to go back without retyping in the hiragana? Press CTRL then backspace while the incorrect kanji is still highlighted then henkan and choose the right one.

Changing the conversion mode from general (shows 般 ) to bias for names (shows 名) allows you to type in Japanese postcodes and it will bring up the matching address. e.g.  Type in 246 and it will henkan into 神奈川県横浜市瀬谷区

Changing the conversion mode to bias for speech (shows 話) will allow you to do lots of cool kaomoji.
Just a few examples (A more thorough kaomoji post coming soon!):

Type        After henkan
ういんく (^_-)-☆
びっくり (@_@;)
てつや (=_=)
かお  (^・^) (#^.^#) etc. lots of faces.

And finally...

Tired of clicking to change the input mode all the time? Try the 'alt + ~' keys (depending on your configuration may be 'shift + ~' or 'alt + shift')  or how about the F6 to F9 keys?!?

e.g. type in あせ and without pressing henkan, press F6 (while the wavy line is stilll there) that will keep it as hiragana
F7 gives you アセ (full-width katakana)
F8 gives you アセ (half-width katakana)
F9 gives you ase (English)
Pressing the little arrow that appears at the bottom right handside of the henkan box will also bring up these options and a few others.
20th-Apr-2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Others are:
てん 、´…
ぎりしゃ ΔΘΞ
ろしあ ЖЙЪ

That's all I remember. Some of those I had no idea about, thanks.
20th-Apr-2009 03:21 am (UTC)
How would you like your internets cause seriously THANK YOU!
20th-Apr-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Also, don't forget Shift + ~` key to switch between "English" characters (ASCII?) and Japanese imput too. That's what I use though the Fkeys aren't too bad either :D (Or if you have multiple languages, Alt+Shift)
20th-Apr-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Also, THANK YOU for taking the time to post this--I'm saving this for future reference :D
20th-Apr-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! Thank you! *memories*
20th-Apr-2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Easier than typing かっこ is to just type [] and choose from that list :) Other fun ones:

おんがく --> ♭、♯、♪
ほし --> ☆、★、※、*
20th-Apr-2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Or おんぷ = ♪  
20th-Apr-2009 03:51 am (UTC)
This post is all kinds of awesome! Thanks so much for writing it up and sharing it with us!
20th-Apr-2009 04:12 am (UTC)
\(゜ロ\)ココハドコ? (/ロ゜)/アタシハダアレ?
20th-Apr-2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Many of these seem to be specific to the Windows IME (at any rate, they aren't working on my OSX Mac), but holy crap am I glad you showed me how to get ・ without going to the input menu and inserting it by hand EVERY TIME.


20th-Apr-2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Certain ones do work on OSX:

ほし ☆★
やじるし →↓←
はーと ♥♡
まる ○●◎
さんかく ▼△▲
しかく ■◇◆
おんぷ ♫♬♪

Shame there's no emoji support though.
20th-Apr-2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Omg sankyuu, that's so useless and extremely awesome. I actually keep a doc full of japanese smileys because I had no idea how they got all those random characters ^^♪
20th-Apr-2009 07:11 am (UTC)
ゆうびん gives you the post office symbol 〒
けいせん gives you lines and things ┤┫┰
かお gives you these faces ☺☹☻ 

Shift+capslock switches to full-width Japanese mode romaji Like This, ctrl+capslock switches to hiragana, alt+capslock switches to katakana. Shift+caps only seems to work from hiragana/katakana.
20th-Apr-2009 07:18 am (UTC)
In addition to "maru" - "batsu", which makes the "X"-mark)
20th-Apr-2009 07:32 am (UTC)

20th-Apr-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Most of these work with Mac OS X! :)
20th-Apr-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
=O Most of these will work on the Mac as well? I have no problem with a lot of things on my pc, but I still hate it that I can't even write 'party' in Japanese on my mac, because I have no idea how to get the small katakana i.

Love this entry!
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20th-Apr-2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's okay. XD; I'm a bit complicated, having both Windows (main pc) and a Macbook (my laptop). I noticed I can get small katakana i with Windows IME by just pressing space long enough and it shows up on the list of possible options. Mac, unfortunately, doesn't play along with that. XD; So I'll just try the xi or li as was given here. ^^
21st-Apr-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
gosh this is amazing. thank you so much for typing it out!
21st-Apr-2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Some of these I knew, but many I didn't. Thanks!
21st-Apr-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
nice post!
21st-Apr-2009 04:55 pm (UTC) - Nice work!
By request, I put a link to this post on the main page.

Thank you!
22nd-Apr-2009 04:54 am (UTC) - Re: Nice work!
Thank you! I've re-formatted it and added a couple more tips.
21st-Apr-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
These are awesome! Thank you so much!!!
25th-Apr-2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Just a little more information, for Mac users who want to use all the faces specifically, I found this post which might be interesting -->

It includes a dictionary file with 1,130 japanese emotes, and a pdf glossary of them. It's not mine, but I thought you might be interested

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6th-Aug-2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
My language bar mysteriously disappears sometimes or won't change to Japanese from English or the reverse. Sometimes I find pulling the bar out further into the bottom bar helps or moving it somewhere completely different (like the top of the page) helps too.

I've never had the problem with my Mac, but windoze is terribly unreliable.
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