So the other day I acquired a Tablet PC, been wanting one FOREVER. The great thing about having the tablet is now I can do my math on the computer and no more paper. I also am taking a Japanese class at college to better help my cultural influeances in the world, heh not really I just want to understand anime I watch better. Anyway one thing about taking the class is I am learning to write kana.
Well it is easier to learn kana when you can write it so I got the wild idea to do it on my tablet. I spent a while online looking for programs to let me write kana and recognize it. Then a friend showed me a link to someone using Vista and writing Kanji. That got me thinking why can't I write in Vista using the default settings. So i set out to figure out how and spent another hour looking online for a how-to. Unfortunately, I didn't find one, but I got very annoyed and just decided to figure it out myself and figured out how easy it was to actually do it. Just add Japanese keyboard to Vista. Its just that easy.
Here are the steps.
1) Open Control Panel.
2) Go to the “Clock, Language, and Region” section and click on “Change keyboards or other input methods”
3) With the new dialog box click on “Change Keyboards…”
4) Click on “Add…” to add the Japanese keyboard to the list.
5) Find “Japanese (Japan)” and select Japanese checkbox. Then OK.
6) Now you should see English and Japanese in the installed services area as an available keyboard to use.
7) Next is to make sure you can write. Click on the flyout, if available, for the tablet pc writing area on the left side of the screen. And you should see English and Japanese from the langauge selection.
7) Select Japanese and you should be good to go to start writing Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
That is it. That is the process for getting support to write in the Japanese language. I also note stroke order does tend to matter. I found that out trying to write ki in Katakana. I kept getting really really weird results when I got the stroke order wrong.