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!
|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 '&' |
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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
かお (^・^) (#^.^#) etc. lots of faces.
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.