How to use Input Method Editor (IME) on Windows 10 PC

Using Input Method Editor on your Windows 10/8 PC, you can type in different languages easily. An Input Method Editor or IME is a program that allows data in any language to be received as input. It helps users to enter special characters and symbols, which are usually not found in the standard keyboards.  Not many people know, but you can add IMEs on your PCs or you even can edit the existing ones.

Windows 10/8.1 PCs come with an IME for each language. You can add new IMEs by adding different languages if you wish.

Install additional Input Method Editor

From the Control Panel, go to the ‘Language’ tab. Click any language you want an IME for, and go to ‘Options’. Click on ‘Add an input method’.

Now, browse the available keyboards, check out the preview and then click on the IME you would like to add in your Windows PC.

Windows Input Method Editors

After adding the new language or input method in your PC, you can easily type in different languages

Toggle or switch between IMEs

If you want to toggle between different input methods or Microsoft IMEs, open Microsoft Word and just hold the Windows logo key for long and press the spacebar.    IME

If you are on your Desktop, you can toggle between the IMEs by just tapping on the Language abbreviations written in your ‘System Tray’.

Input Method Editor

If you’re using a Touch-enabled PC or a Tablet you can toggle between IMEs from the touch keyboard. Click on the touch keyboard icon in the bottom right corner of your tablet and switch between the input methods.

You can also change the input method manually from your ‘Settings’ as follows:

Go to the ‘Settings’ and click on ‘ENG Keyboard’. You can see the list of all added IMEs on your PC. Select the one you want.

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Just right click on the Language Abbreviation displayed in the right bottom corner of your screen and it will open a tab where you can change your language preferences.

Configure Input Method Editor Settings

From the ‘Advanced Settings’ option, you can adjust the settings like:

  • Override for Windows display language
  • Override the default input method
  • Switch input methods and much more.

advanced language settings

Adjust your settings and click on Save. You can restore the default settings anytime just by clicking on ‘Restore Defaults’ in the end.

You can also use the IME mode icon to toggle between the alphanumeric and native language characters.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. anoukaimee

    I cannot get the Japanese IME bar to “dock”: i.e., I’m trying to input characters into a program (Anki), but every time I do the d*mn input windows closes. That is, I can’t keep the program and the input bar open at the same time. Can’t find any advice on the web: can you help? Thank you.

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