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These instructions explain how to set up your Windows 7 computer so that you can see
and type Japanese text.
Open your control panel. (Click the Windows button in the lower left corner of your screen, and choose Control Panel from the menu.)
The control panel window has many different appearances. If your window looks like this picture, click Change keyboard or other input methods. This will open another window.
Or, if your control panel window looks more like this, click Regional and Language Options. This will open another window.
Click the Keyboards and Languages tab.
On the Keyboard and Languages tab, click Change keyboards.... This will open another window.
On the new window (titled "Text Services and Input Languages"), click Add.... Yet another window will open.
Now on the "Add Input Language" window, follow these steps:
Back to the Text Services and Input Languages window, do these two steps:
The Language Bar is how you switch text entry (typing) between Japanese and other languages. You can have the language bar always appear (float) on your desktop (recommended), or keep the language bar nested in the task bar at the bottom of your screen. The recommended settings are shown here. When finished, click OK.
Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages window. Click OK again to close the Regional and Language Options window.
You're all done! You should now be able to type Japanese text in most applications (including the Nihongo-Pro classroom). To switch to Japanese text entry, follow these steps: