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To compose an e-mail message in Japanese, Microsoft Outlook uses the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) feature of Microsoft Internet Explorer. This article describes the installation of the language support components for Internet Explorer and the enabling of international language support in Outlook using this shared technology.
To install the latest version of the Microsoft Global IME for Japanese, follow these steps:
Install the Global IME for Japanese from the following location:
In the list of available languages, click Microsoft Global IME 5.02 for Japanese or Microsoft Global IME 5.02 for Japanese - with Language Pack.
When the installation is complete, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
How to Use the Global IME with Outlook
To send an e-mail message in Japanese, the e-mail message must be in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format. This allows Outlook to use the Global IME. To enable HTML format for outgoing e-mail messages, follow these steps:
On the Tools menu, click Options.
On the Mail Format tab, click HTML in the Send in this message format list.
How to Compose an E-mail Message by Using the Global IME for Japanese
To use the Global IME for Japanese to compose an e-mail message, follow these steps:
In Outlook, open a new e-mail message.
To begin typing Japanese characters, place the cursor in the body of the Outlook HTML e-mail message.
Click the EN icon on the taskbar, and then click Japanese IME.
A floating toolbar should appear on the screen. The Japanese IME is selected but inactive (off) at this point.
Activate the IME by typing the keyboard combination ALT+~ (ALT+tilde). To deactivate the IME, press ALT+~.
NOTE: You can also activate or deactivate the IME by clicking the Pen icon in the system tray, and then clicking On/Off on the pop-up menu.
In the composition window, you can select the specific Kanji for the word by pressing SPACEBAR. If you press SPACEBAR twice, a list of Kanji that have the same pronunciation is displayed. You can select a specific Kanji from the list by selecting the appropriate Kanji, and pressing ENTER.
Additional Editing Information
Character Metrics in the IME
The input method defaults to Full-width Hiragana. You can choose another input method by clicking the left-most button on the floating IME toolbar. The input methods are listed from top to bottom as follows:
Phonetic Editing with the English Keyboard
To type Japanese characters on an English keyboard, you must type each character phonetically. For example, the Japanese character that sounds like "KA" would be typed as KA. In addition, text typed in this manner is not part of the body of the e-mail message until you press ENTER key.