I want to make the Japanese keyboard the default keyboard without changing the actual computer language. The Japanese keyboard can type in English anyway and it gets annoying changing the keyboard every five minutes. I try to make the Japanese keyboard the default one but it changes the computer language.

Thanks for your help.

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    I think this type of question should be asked on our sister site superuser.com (or possibly askubuntu.com or unix.stackexchange.com). There were four votes to migrate it to meta, but I think you'd have better luck asking at a site that allows questions about operating systems. – Earthliŋ May 24 '17 at 21:08

If you're using windows PC, try to change registry value. See the web site below. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/927824/windows-may-not-use-the-correct-keyboard-layout-when-you-connect-a-usb-keyboard-to-the-computer

If your PC is mac, I'm not sure,but see here. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202038


More than keyboard layout, what you're looking for is input method.





but that's about MSWinxp.

If you're on a Linux, look for a package with mozc or uim.

  • Just a comment on this: Japanese IME is indispensable as an input method, but you do have to click into the language bar each time you open it after booting. Even though the default input may be set at Hiragana, it seems to be a bug whereby when you first open it, it never goes straight to Hiragana. Just a minor thing, but it is one difference between having a default keyboard and using an input method. – kandyman Sep 28 '17 at 11:59
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    @kandyman just press Alt+~ to switch to kana mode – Igor Skochinsky May 6 at 21:23
  • @kandyman: on Windows 10 (and I think all the way back to XP), Shift+Caps also toggles the IME mode between the Latin alphabet and kana / kanji. – Eiríkr Útlendi May 6 at 23:16

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