How to Make Japanese Symbols on Notepad

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Notepad, the default text-editing software for Windows, is a stripped-down alternative to more powerful word-processing software, such as Microsoft Word. A Notepad document can only contain one font face and one font size, and it does not support text formatting, such as bold and italics. However, it is possible to type in Japanese in Notepad by changing the default font of your text document to one that contains Japanese characters.

Turn on Japanese Language

  • Click "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Region and Language."

  • Click the "Keyboards and Languages" tab.

  • Click "Change Keyboards."

  • Click "Add."

  • Click the "+" sign next to Japanese. Click the "+" sign again next to Keyboard.

  • Check the "Microsoft IME" box.

  • Click "OK" twice to close out of the settings panel. The letters EN now appear in your system tray.

  • Click on EN. Select JP. This changes your default keyboard entry from English to Japanese.

  • Click the capital "A" next to JP. Select the type of Japanese you want, such as Hiragana or Full-Width Katakana.

Type in Notepad

  • Open Notepad.

  • Click "Format" > "Font."

  • Choose a font that supports Japanese characters, such as "MS PGothic."

  • Change the Script drop-down to "Japanese."

  • Click "OK." Anything you type now appears in Japanese.

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