I've googled this and searched on quite a few websites but no luck. I've read replies here about this but it didn't work for me or didn't provide the information I'm looking for. Please read carefully as what I'm asking is very specific.

I want to find a way to type radicals on their own. I discuss radicals with other learners and I want to be able to type them up not copy/paste them. I want to type in the characters in all their various positions as radicals. I also want the blank boxes to appear when I want to talk about a radical which is one the left or the right side. I'd like to use keyboard shortcuts/keystroke combinations to achieve that.

I'm on Windows 10 and I use the Japanese IME.

Thank you!

  • Just out of curiosity, what would be your input in order to type a radical with such a system, typing the pronunciation of the radical? Applying a shortcut/keystroke combination to an actual Kanji that contains the radical?
    – jarmanso7
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 17:16
  • Also, please check this question about typing chinese radicals at the Chinese Stack Exchange site.
    – jarmanso7
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 17:18
  • @jarmanso7 Isn't that exactly what OP is asking? "What input should I give my IME so that I get the radicals?"
    – Sweeper
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 17:33
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    @Sweeper Are you assuming that it is possible to get the radicals, and moreover, in such a format that follows the requirements given by the OP with the Windows Japanese IME? I don't know this IME in depth, but I doubt so. I rather think that the OP is looking for a way to accomplish that result regardless of the IME, but I don't know
    – jarmanso7
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 19:53

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You can try using the unicode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radicals_in_Unicode

Inserting Unicode characters To insert a Unicode character, type the character code, press ALT, and then press X. For example, to type a dollar symbol ($), type 0024, press ALT, and then press X. For more Unicode character codes, see Unicode character code charts by script.

  • Thank you! I was looking for that. Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 22:59

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