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How to Type Furigana for Kanji in Word

Up until just recently, I figured out how to type furigana for kanji in Word using the Phonetic Guide. And let me tell you, JRPG Japanese never looked so clean…! (* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ I’m so glad I was able to find a way to make my book readable for Japanese learners of all levels. This way, I don’t have to type all phrases twice, once with kanji, and once with only katakana/hiragana… That would’ve been ugly.

We learn as we go. I figure, hey, if it took this long for me to figure out, maybe some of you heroes out there could use a quick Microsoft Word tutorial, too. Learning this process might also help out anyone who wants to add little text above other Asian characters, too. Maybe some pinyin for your Chinese characters, as well?

Without further ado, here are the steps it takes to type furigana for those pesky kanji in Word!

How to type furigana in Word

  1. Highlight the kanji you’d like to add furigana to.
  2. Under the Home Tab, look for the Phonetic Guide icon, give it a click. It’s under the Font group, and the icon looks like what you might expect for big letter on bottom and little letters on top. 
  3. The correct furigana should automatically pop in the popup, leaving your only action here to click OK.

Never fear! If the furigana isn’t correct, you can type it in yourself. There are a bunch of other options for you to play around with here, too, font sizing being one of those things I felt needed adjusting.

And that’s all she wrote! It’s not that hard figuring out how to type furigana in Word, as long as you can find that Phonetic Guide!

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