Turn on Japanese language features in Office for Mac

Office for Mac lets you turn on the Japanese language features based on the version of Office for Mac that you are using.

You turn on the Japanese language features in Office 2016 for Mac by opening an Office application and choosing East Asian Languages under Preferences.

  1. Open any Office application.

    For example, open Word for Mac, and open a new Blank Document.

  2. Click Word, or the menu for another Office application you opened, and then click Preferences.

  3. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click East Asian Languages.

  4. Select Japanese.

    Language Selection screenshot for Office for Mac 2016_C3_2017101718107

    You'll be prompted to restart the Office application for the changes to apply the change.

  5. Open the Office application that you want to use Japanese in, and open a worksheet, document, or presentation. All of the Japanese fonts and tools are now available for use in the application.

You turn on the Japanese language features in Office for Mac 2011 by using the Microsoft Language Register. Then, for each Office application that you want to type Japanese characters in, you can select a Japanese input type.

  1. Close any open Office applications.

  2. In the Finder, open Microsoft Office 2011, select Additional Tools, choose Microsoft Language Register, and then double-click Microsoft Language Register to open the application.

  3. On the Select the language to enable for Microsoft Office pop-up menu, click Japanese, and then click OK.

  4. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

  5. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.

  6. Select the Kotoeri check box, and then under Kotoeri, select the check boxes for the Japanese scripts that you want.

    Tip: For more information about keyboard layouts, see Mac Help.

  7. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box, and then close the Language & Text dialog box.

  8. Open the Office application that you want to use Japanese in.

  9. On the right side of the menu bar, click the input menu, which is the flag of the current input type, and then click the Japanese input type that you want.

    Input menu on menu bar

    Callout 1 The input menu on the menu bar.

    You can now type Japanese characters in the application that you are using and use the other Japanese language features in Office.

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