How to Type Japanese Letters on English Keyboard (MS Word)


Typing letters or characters in other languages, such as Japanese, is now a breeze thanks to technological advances in keyboard controls.

There are a few clean tips and tricks in this article that will help you type Japanese letters quickly and efficiently on any computer platform, including desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices.

Some keyboards are made in Japanese and allow you to type these Japanese characters more quickly and comfortably.

However, if you don’t have access to such special Japanese keyboard, the techniques in this article can be very helpful.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Type or Insert Japanese Letters

There are several methods for typing or inserting Japanese characters into Microsoft Word.

Because these characters are not readily available on the keyboard, the simplest way to type them on Word is to use their alt codes.

In this section, I’ll show you how to use alt codes to type Japanese letters on an English keyboard.

Using the Japanese Letters Alt Code

Each Japanese character has an alt code that you can use to type it in Microsoft Word.

You’ll quickly learn the alt code for all the Japanese characters. For the time being, let’s focus on the steps.

To type Japanese letters in MS Word, follow these steps:

  • First and foremost, get the alt code for the Japanese letters you intend to type. These alt codes are listed just below these instructions.
  • Open your Microsoft Word document and move the insertion pointer to the location where you want to type the Japanese characters.
  • Turn on your Num Lock. Press Fn+NmLk to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
  • Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Whilst still holding on to the Alt key, press the Japanese alt code.
  • For example, to type ア, press and hold the Alt key, then type the alt code 12450 on the numeric keypad.
  • Now release the Alt key.

You should see the Japanese letter inserted as soon as you release the Alt key.

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Below are the alt codes for the various Japanese Characters.

Character NameCharacterAlt Code
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL AAlt + 12449
KATAKANA LETTER AAlt + 12450
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL IAlt + 12451
KATAKANA LETTER IAlt + 12452
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL UAlt + 12453
KATAKANA LETTER UAlt + 12454
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL EAlt + 12455
KATAKANA LETTER EAlt + 12456
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL OAlt + 12457
KATAKANA LETTER OAlt + 12458
KATAKANA LETTER KAAlt + 12459
KATAKANA LETTER GAAlt + 12460
KATAKANA LETTER KIAlt + 12461
KATAKANA LETTER GIAlt + 12462
KATAKANA LETTER KUAlt + 12463
KATAKANA LETTER GUAlt + 12464
KATAKANA LETTER KEAlt + 12465
KATAKANA LETTER GEAlt + 12466
KATAKANA LETTER KOAlt + 12467
KATAKANA LETTER GOAlt + 12468
KATAKANA LETTER SAAlt + 12469
KATAKANA LETTER ZAAlt + 12470
KATAKANA LETTER SIAlt + 12471
KATAKANA LETTER ZIAlt + 12472
KATAKANA LETTER SUAlt + 12473
KATAKANA LETTER ZUAlt + 12474
KATAKANA LETTER SEAlt + 12475
KATAKANA LETTER ZEAlt + 12476
KATAKANA LETTER SOAlt + 12477
KATAKANA LETTER ZOAlt + 12478
KATAKANA LETTER TAAlt + 12479
KATAKANA LETTER DAAlt + 12480
KATAKANA LETTER TIAlt + 12481
KATAKANA LETTER DIAlt + 12482
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL TUAlt + 12483
KATAKANA LETTER TUAlt + 12484
KATAKANA LETTER DUAlt + 12485
KATAKANA LETTER TEAlt + 12486
KATAKANA LETTER DEAlt + 12487
KATAKANA LETTER TOAlt + 12488
KATAKANA LETTER DOAlt + 12489
KATAKANA LETTER NAAlt + 12490
KATAKANA LETTER NIAlt + 12491
KATAKANA LETTER NUAlt + 12492
KATAKANA LETTER NEAlt + 12493
KATAKANA LETTER NOAlt + 12494
KATAKANA LETTER HAAlt + 12495
KATAKANA LETTER BAAlt + 12496
KATAKANA LETTER PAAlt + 12497
KATAKANA LETTER HIAlt + 12498
KATAKANA LETTER BIAlt + 12499
KATAKANA LETTER PIAlt + 12500
KATAKANA LETTER HUAlt + 12501
KATAKANA LETTER BUAlt + 12502
KATAKANA LETTER PUAlt + 12503
KATAKANA LETTER HEAlt + 12504
KATAKANA LETTER BEAlt + 12505
KATAKANA LETTER PEAlt + 12506
KATAKANA LETTER HOAlt + 12507
KATAKANA LETTER BOAlt + 12508
KATAKANA LETTER POAlt + 12509
KATAKANA LETTER MAAlt + 12510
KATAKANA LETTER MIAlt + 12511
KATAKANA LETTER MUAlt + 12512
KATAKANA LETTER MEAlt + 12513
KATAKANA LETTER MOAlt + 12514
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YAAlt + 12515
KATAKANA LETTER YAAlt + 12516
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YUAlt + 12517
KATAKANA LETTER YUAlt + 12518
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YOAlt + 12519
KATAKANA LETTER YOAlt + 12520
KATAKANA LETTER RAAlt + 12521
KATAKANA LETTER RIAlt + 12522
KATAKANA LETTER RUAlt + 12523
KATAKANA LETTER REAlt + 12524
KATAKANA LETTER ROAlt + 12525
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL WAAlt + 12526
KATAKANA LETTER WAAlt + 12527
KATAKANA LETTER WIAlt + 12528
KATAKANA LETTER WEAlt + 12529
KATAKANA LETTER WOAlt + 12530
KATAKANA LETTER NAlt + 12531
KATAKANA LETTER VUAlt + 12532
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KAAlt + 12533
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KEAlt + 12534
KATAKANA LETTER VAAlt + 12535
KATAKANA LETTER VIAlt + 12536
KATAKANA LETTER VEAlt + 12537
KATAKANA LETTER VOAlt + 12538
KATAKANA MIDDLE DOTAlt + 12539
KATAKANA-HIRAGANA VOICED SOUND MARKAlt + 12443
KATAKANA-HIRAGANA SEMI-VOICED SOUND MARKAlt + 12444
KATAKANA-HIRAGANA PROLONGED SOUND MARKAlt + 12540
KATAKANA ITERATION MARKAlt + 12541
KATAKANA VOICED ITERATION MARKAlt + 12542
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KUAlt + 12784
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL SIAlt + 12785
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL SUAlt + 12786
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL TOAlt + 12787
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL NUAlt + 12788
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL HAAlt + 12789
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL HIAlt + 12790
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL HUAlt + 12791
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL HEAlt + 12792
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL HOAlt + 12793
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL MUAlt + 12794
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL RAAlt + 12795
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL RIAlt + 12796
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL RUAlt + 12797
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL REAlt + 12798
KATAKANA LETTER SMALL ROAlt + 12799
CIRCLED KATAKANA AAlt + 13008
CIRCLED KATAKANA IAlt + 13009
CIRCLED KATAKANA UAlt + 13010
CIRCLED KATAKANA EAlt + 13011
CIRCLED KATAKANA OAlt + 13012
CIRCLED KATAKANA KAAlt + 13013
CIRCLED KATAKANA KIAlt + 13014
CIRCLED KATAKANA KUAlt + 13015
CIRCLED KATAKANA KEAlt + 13016
CIRCLED KATAKANA KOAlt + 13017
CIRCLED KATAKANA SAAlt + 13018
CIRCLED KATAKANA SIAlt + 13019
CIRCLED KATAKANA SUAlt + 13020
CIRCLED KATAKANA SEAlt + 13021
CIRCLED KATAKANA SOAlt + 13022
CIRCLED KATAKANA TAAlt + 13023
CIRCLED KATAKANA TIAlt + 13024
CIRCLED KATAKANA TUAlt + 13025
CIRCLED KATAKANA TEAlt + 13026
CIRCLED KATAKANA TOAlt + 13027
CIRCLED KATAKANA NAAlt + 13028
CIRCLED KATAKANA NIAlt + 13029
CIRCLED KATAKANA NUAlt + 13030
CIRCLED KATAKANA NEAlt + 13031
CIRCLED KATAKANA NOAlt + 13032
CIRCLED KATAKANA HAAlt + 13033
CIRCLED KATAKANA HIAlt + 13034
CIRCLED KATAKANA HUAlt + 13035
CIRCLED KATAKANA HEAlt + 13036
CIRCLED KATAKANA HOAlt + 13037
CIRCLED KATAKANA MAAlt + 13038
CIRCLED KATAKANA MIAlt + 13039
CIRCLED KATAKANA MUAlt + 13040
CIRCLED KATAKANA MEAlt + 13041
CIRCLED KATAKANA MOAlt + 13042
CIRCLED KATAKANA YAAlt + 13043
CIRCLED KATAKANA YUAlt + 13044
CIRCLED KATAKANA YOAlt + 13045
CIRCLED KATAKANA RAAlt + 13046
CIRCLED KATAKANA RIAlt + 13047
CIRCLED KATAKANA RUAlt + 13048
CIRCLED KATAKANA REAlt + 13049
CIRCLED KATAKANA ROAlt + 13050
CIRCLED KATAKANA WAAlt + 13051
CIRCLED KATAKANA WIAlt + 13052
CIRCLED KATAKANA WEAlt + 13053
CIRCLED KATAKANA WOAlt + 13054

Note: Using the alt code approach means that you have a lot to learn. And as we all know, learning these alt codes will take a lot of practice as there are many alt codes to remember. However, you can create a cheat sheet for quick reference if you happen to type Japanese letters frequently.

Using Online Japanese Keyboard

There are numerous free online Japanese keyboards available that allow anyone to type Japanese characters by simply clicking on them.

Instead of trying to type these characters with your own keyboard, you are presented with a virtual Japanese keyboard that includes all of the language’s characters.

You will also be given a simple text editor in which to type the characters. After that, you can copy and paste the typed characters into Microsoft Word or wherever you want.

Listed below are some of the best free virtual Japanese keyboards.

This is another online tool that gives you a very simple and beautiful virtual keyboard with which you can type in Japanese by clicking on the virtual keyboard.

These are some of the amazing tools you can use to type in Japanese.

Conclusion

These are the easiest ways you can use to type Japanese letters in Microsoft Word.

If you often need to type a particular Japanese letter or character in Word, using the Alt code method will be a good idea.

However, if you want to type a lot of characters, then using one of the virtual keyboards will save you lots of time.

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