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How to Change PC Language From Japanese to English

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Hello people, it’s Mr. Wada on duty.

I assume that you may experience some inconvenience here in Japan. Probably a language problem comes first.

Communicating different people is a part of fun of trips, I’d say. However, it could be stressful especially when you need to check the emails etc.

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Check the Emails…But

Today we check emails almost everyday (in fact I do) even during vacation (unless you want to cut all connections off).

I introduced how to get free Wi-Fi in Japan in my previous post. But aside from that, another way is to go to internet cafe.

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But wait, come to think of it, PCs are all in Japanese setting! How would foreigners be able to use them?

Here is a simple solution.

How to Change PC Language From Japanese to English

Well, nothing less or more. It’s just a change of language setting, but since the current setting would be in Japanese(Nooooooooooooooo!). No worries, check the following.

Note:
This method only applies to Windows 8.

On the START page, click desktop.

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Now you are at desktop. Move the cursor to lower right, then move up (like in a photo). Hidden menu shows up.

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Click Control Panel.

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Click “Add a language” text.

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Currently, only Japanese is available. Click “Add a language” button.

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Select a language you want to add in the next page.

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After that, it goes back to previous page. Click “Option” on the right side of the newly added language.

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Click “Install the language.”

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In process… Installing & downloading would take a while.

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Install completed. Close the window.

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To apply the changes, you need to log off. Click “Log off now” button.

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Log in again and it’s DONE! See the display turned into English. Now it’s all yours.

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Other ways

If the problem is about changing keyboard input from Japanese to English, there’s an easy way.

Open the internet browser you prefer (you may recognize by icon).

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Go to the website you would like to check and click on the form where you would like to type.

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Now click the this button (at the upper left of the keyboard). This switches Japanese and Roman alphabets.

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Note: If you aren’t still sure, call a worker to change language setting for you. You don’t need to hesitate at all.

Lastly

It’s a little thing but sure it’d be stressful. Hope it works for you. See you around!

P.S. Thanks Fi Dunphy for letting me know this.



Yoshi (Mr. Wada)
I enjoy both indoor and outdoor stuff. Fishing in summer, Onsen( hot springs) in winter, and driving all year around!
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2 thoughts on “How to Change PC Language From Japanese to English

  1. I couldn’t help but notice you chose “English (Canada).” Good choice.

    I’ve been frustrated by Japanese keyboards. Didn’t know about that button. Another difference I noticed was the position of “@”. If I remember correctly, it has its own button on Japanese keyboards.

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