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Can't change input language.

  1. #1


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 Pro

    Can't change input language.


    Using Windows 8.1. I have English and Japanese input languages added, and both are listed as options in the language toolbar, but it is impossible to select anything but English. Windows+Space allows me to navigate to Japanese, but releasing the keys or pressing Enter does nothing. The Left Alt+Shift shortcut also does nothing.

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  2. #2


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I installed Japanese input language for the sake of screenshots, let's see if we can fix this for you.

    First things first, the basics in using Japanese input language. If input language is installed and enabled, you will see it on your input method selection dialog:

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    When selected, the Japanese input language shows two icons (my Taskbar is vertical at left, image might look different than the same on your display):

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    1 = Japanese input language active
    2 = Keyboard layout selector (by default Half-Width Alphanumeric)

    You have to right click the keyboard layout selector (2) to select either Hiragana, Katakana or Alphanumeric layout to type using the layout you need:

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    You can also select one of two input methods, Romaji or Kana:

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    A bit confusing although somewhat logical default behavior of Japanese input language might cause user to think the Japanese is not working, as it defaults to Half-width Alphanumeric keyboard layout which is basically as an English layout, using western alphabet.

    Kari
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  3. #3


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you for the detailed response. I have been using Japanese input on other computers for many years and am familiar with it. It is visible on the input method selection menu, but it is impossible to select it, so it never changes from ENG and I never get to choose hiragana or otherwise. On my Desktop computer running Windows 8 Pro (not 8.1 - I dislike not having more direct control over SkyDrive as with 8.1) there are no issues with selection at all.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK. As the default Alphanumeric selection keeps confusing quite a many users when a non-Latin keyboard is selected, I thought it would be important to clear that first. I did not mean that you do not know what you are doing .

    I had some issues to get both Finnish display language and input language to work on one 8.1 PC. I was able to resolve the issue with these simple steps, which I suggest you'd try now:
    • Uninstall / disable Japanese input language
    • Reboot
    • Run SFC /SCANNOW (tutorial). If first run does not find anything, it's OK, if it finds but is unable to correct all errors, reboot and run it again as many times as needed (always rebooting between the runs) until it finds no errors
    • Now install Japanese language pack (display language, tutorial here) even if you do not need it
    • Add Japanese input language to your default display language (English?)
    • Reboot and check if Japanese input works

    Kari
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