Installing Japanese Language Support on Windows XP

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1. From the 'Start Menu', select 'Control Panel'.

2. Double-click 'Regional and Language Options'.

3. Select the 'Languages' tab. Check-off the 'Install files for Easy Asian Languages' box if it has not been checked-off already. Click the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the window. Follow any necessary installation steps that may require a CD. Next, click the 'Details' button.

4. At the 'Text Services and Input Languages' window, click the 'Add' button. Select 'Japanese' from the pull-down box of 'Input Languages'. Select the 'Microsoft IME Standard etc' option from the 'Keyboard layout/IME' pull-down box. Select 'OK'.

5. Next, click the 'Language Bar' button to edit your settings. Edit the options to your own personal preferences, but necessities are the 'Show the Language bar on the desktop' and 'Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar' boxes checked. Click 'OK' when done.

6. Click the 'Key Settings' button to edit the key settings. Set different actions to different 'Key Sequences' by highlighting the action and clicking the 'Change Key Sequence' buttons. Click 'OK' when done.

7. Select the 'Advanced' tab at the 'Text Services and Input Languages' window. Check-off the 'Extend support of advanced text services to all programs' check box. Click 'OK'.

8. Restart the computer when prompted to do so. You should now see the Language bar on your Taskbar.

9. To type in Japanese, select the language by clicking 'JP' from the choices on the Language Bar. Right click the Language Bar and select 'Adjust Language Band Position' to see all icons. The fourth icon from the left is 'Input Mode' - click this icon to choose from Hiragana, Katakana, Direct Input (normal roman characters).

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