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Japanese input with Azerty in Windows 10

October 1, 2015

Considering wrote a brief guide for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on how to enable Japanese language input as well as detailing the registry modification required to set another default keyboard layout for Microsoft IME, thought it would be convenient to add such a guide for Windows 10 as well.

Actually, nothing has really changed how to enable Japanese input or change its default keyboard layout in Windows 10 compared to how it can be done in Windows 8,1.


The fact that when you activate Japanese input in Windows 10, the default keyboard layout of Microsoft IME is Qwerty remains unchanged compared to the previous versions of Windows, which is rather inconvenient when that layout does not correspond to the keyboard you are using.

But this can easily be corrected by following below method which describes how to set the default keyboard layout to Azerty Belgian (Period) .


Open the Windows registry editor by right-clicking on the Windows start button, then select and click on the “Run” button.


In the “Run” window type regedit in the ‘Open’ field and click on the “Ok” button.

In the “Registry Editor” window that appears, go to the following folder that contains the registry values for the Japanese input keyboard layout: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts0000411\

In that folder, right-click on the line ‘Layout File’, then select and the ‘Modify’ option.


The “Edit String” window will appear, there in the ‘Value data’ field enter the text KBDBE.DLL for the Azerty Belgian (Period) keyboard layout. Now click on the “Ok” button and then exit the registry editor.
(Should you be using another keyboard layout, you can of course enter the appropriate .dll value for it in the value data field.)

A reboot will be required to activate the registry change. After that, when you switch to Japanese input using the Windows key + Space bar, its default keyboard layout will have changed to the new value specified in the registry.

Also want to know how to enable Japanese language input itself in Windows 10?


Left-click on the Windows start button, then click on the “Settings” button.
(You can also right-click on the Windows start button to click on “Control Panel” and more or less follow the same method as described here.)


In the “Settings” window that appears, click on the “Time & Language” button.


In the “Time & Language” window go to the “Region & Language” tab, then click on the “Add a language” button.


In the “Add a language” window scroll until you get to “Japanese” and simply click on it to add it. Japanese input with IME will then be enabled.


Back in the “Time & Language” window, you can left-click on the added Japanese language and click on “Options” to verify it properly the added ‘Microsoft IME’ keyboard.


There is also a ‘Keyboard Layout’ option with a “Change layout” button, unfortunately it only offers the ‘English keyboard’ and ‘Japanese keyboard’ layouts.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. britt permalink
    October 2, 2015 12:31 am

    it won’t work on my computer :s

  2. Miquel permalink
    March 31, 2016 12:00 pm


    You helped me for win 7 and 8. And just is I got fed up by the qwerty, you helped me again!


    @britt: you need to reboot your PC after changing the registry settings

  3. May 29, 2016 2:54 pm

    Excellent. This really helped. As Miquel mentioned, I had to reboot for it to work, but what a relieve to be able to type A and M with the keys that are labeled as such. Many thanks!!

  4. May 29, 2016 8:32 pm

    @Miquel @Kris Gielen I’ve edited the post to emphasize a reboot is required.

  5. November 14, 2016 6:22 am

    Hi, thank you so much! This helped a great deal.

    Altho, I do have one more question:
    When using Microsoft’s Japanese IME (I don’t have that problem with Google’s IME), the keyboard layout for Hiragana input will be changed to belgian AZERTY. But not for Romaji input; it will stay QWERTZ.
    How can I change that as well?

  6. December 31, 2016 2:00 pm

    @Quynh Phuong Tran
    That’s odd, both input methods should be under the same keyboard defined for Japanese IME….
    Unless for Romaji input you’re using a different keyboard selection than Japanese IME.

  7. June 2, 2017 10:23 am

    Deze teruggevonden via Google, hoera! Na Windows 10 update stond het opnieuw op qwerty. : / ありがとうございました!

  8. Jonathan permalink
    May 3, 2018 5:31 pm

    Hey!! Super tutorial, it works now but I have a new problem, the IME doesn’t switch from English to Japanese letters when I press alt+maj… :/
    Any help?

  9. May 5, 2018 11:28 am

    Do you mean that when you switch to Japanese input, you manually need to select Hiragana instead of Half-Width Alphanumeric?

    You can try the following, go to Settings – Time & Language – Additional Time & Language Settings – Change Input Methods – Advanced Settings, then under ‘Switching input methods’ click on ‘Change language bar hot keys’ .

    In ‘Advanced key Settings’ select “To Japanese (Japan) – Microsot IME’ and using ‘Change Key Sequence’ set a key sequence specifically for Japanese for example Ctrl+Shift+1.
    Save your changes.
    Next time you press ctrl+shift+1 it should default to Japanese input with Hiragana.

  10. Constance permalink
    July 4, 2018 1:47 pm

    Hi ! After I used this, my computer lost the ability to use the Japanese keyboard altogether and I have no idea how to fix it. I tried setting it back to what it was (inputting the KBDJPN.DLL back) but it didn’t help.
    Any solution?

  11. Rudi Bertels permalink
    August 25, 2018 2:55 pm

    Hi, Thank you so much. Great tip! I would like to do it for other languages too. Where can I find which Keyboard layout code is used for which language in windows 10?(cf; Japanese=0000411). Thank you.
    Rudi Bertels, Belgium

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