Word 2016 Japanese Lanuage

My wife is Japanese and knows little about computers.  She has purchased word 2016 Japanese Language edition and cannot work it.  I can't help her for I cannot read or speak Japanese.  She is trying to write in romoji and have it switched to Japanese symbols.  She types but in won't convert to japanese.  I'm sure we are doing something wrong but after spending almost an hour with Microsoft Japan we got not help except to tell us that their program was better than ours although they a probably the same.  Can someone who speaks japanese tell us how to convert the Japanese written in our alphabet to japanese symbols.  Thanks 
 

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Last updated July 25, 2019 Views 5,424 Applies to:
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If you want to enter text in romaji and have it display in hiragana/katakana/kanji, you must first install the Japanese language into Windows.  This is done through the Control Panel (or Settings in Windows 10).  By doing this, you will be able to use the Microsoft IME (Input Method Editor) to type in romaji and it will automatically convert it for you.

Go to Start>Control Panel/Settings.

Select Time and Language>Region and Language (this may be different before Windows 10)

Install the Japanese language by hitting Add a Language.  Select Japanese.

When the language is installed, the window should look like this:

Select Options.

At the bottom of the next window, you will see the Microsoft IME:

Click on it and select Options.  This will open another window.  At the bottom of that window, select Open advanced settings.  This will open the Microsoft IME settings window:

Make sure the Input method is set for Romaji input.  Close the window.  Go back to the Time and Language window.

Under Related Settings, click on Additional time, date, and regional settings:

A control panel window will open.  Under Language, there is a link called Change input methods:

Select that link.  Change the language to Japanese, then select Options:

Now you need to select the link under Japanese>Windows display language.  That will open this window:

Check the box that says Use the desktop language bar when it's available.  Now you will have to log off and back into Windows to get it to operate within the task bar.  When you're logged back in, it looks like this:

Click on it to select your input language, in this case Japanese:

Now the language bar will show this:

You can click on the JP icon to switch back to English at any time.  The A icon allows you to switch between Alphanumeric, Katakana, and Hirigana modes.

Now, open Word.  When you type with the IME set to JP, a selection box opens guessing the word you're trying to type in romaji.  It looks like this:

Press tab to change from hirigana to katakana.

This process is really complicated (especially when you have to do it on many computers), but it's worth it in the end.  Good luck.

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