By thomas | May 20, 2008
Here are a few quick tips for the Japanese keyboard. Let’s say you want to type in a kanji. To do that, you type in the hirgana reading and press space. As a result of all your hard work, you get a list of kanji like this:
If your kanji is on the list, you’re done! You can just press the corresponding number or arrow down to the correct choice.
But what if your kanji isn’t on that list?
If you want to avoid hitting the down arrow a million times, you can press SHIFT-DOWN (or PageDown) and it will scroll down to the next set of ten choices. Page through until you find your kanji.
Even better, you can click that little double-arrow button to open up all possible choices in a table. Once open, you can select your kanji by clicking it, or using a combination of right-arrows and numbers.
Even better than that, instead of clicking you can press TAB to open up the table.
These tips are useful for typing names/words that you don’t know how to read as a compound, but know how to read as individual kanjis. It’s also useful for rare or made-up words that the Japanese IME just doesn’t recognize. The other day, my wife was searching amazon.co.jp for a novel called 錦繍 (kinshuu). Typing きんしゅう in the Japanese IME didn’t produce the compound needed, so she had to type each kanji in individually. Using these hotkeys speeds up the process.
For more Japanese IME shortcuts, check my earlier article about the Magic Katakana Hotkey
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