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Furigana on Word 2011 on Mac

Since I just spend two days looking up and down how to fix a furigana problem on my version of Word on Mac, I thought  I’ll make a quick post in case some other peoples have the same problem.

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The first part is actually quite easy and well documented on the web but just in case you want to add furiganas, you’ll  need to:

Go to your application folder and open you “Microsoft Office Folder”. Then ” Additional Tool” and “Microsoft Language Register”. Then enable “Japanese” and click on ok.

Then you should be able to put furigana on characters. The problem is, when I typed mine, they would always appear before the character, preceded by a comma and I wasn’t able to change anything afterward.

And the only and best solution I got was from a forum.

The trick is to go back to the “Microsoft Language Register” and change it for ” Simplified Chinese”.
So now you should have something that looks like that:

(Yes, rather bad capture I know)
Now you need to select the kanji (here 食)and click on the 文 sign on top.
You will open a window that looks like that:
Now change the font and write your ”た” and eventually you should get that:
So it is an annoying process but so far it looks way better than the one I had before with the Japanese program. And you can also make changes later on.
Edit:
If your problem looks like the picture below, you might be able to solve it through the method explained method.
Otherwise, sorry can’t help! :/
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8 thoughts on “Furigana on Word 2011 on Mac

    1. Hi there!
      I had the same problem and used the chinese settings instead of the Japanese ones to solve the problem. Just follow the steps I listed here. Hope it helps!
      1)Go to”Microsoft Language Register” and change it for ” Simplified Chinese”.
      2) Select the kanji and click on the 文 sign.
      3) Change the chinese pinyin for your japanese furigana
      4)???
      5) Profit!
      Good luck!

  1. I found other solution! Got to: Settings – language settings – area. Then choose area United States (english) and currency Japanese yen. Somehow it worked for me. Please try it and let me know does it works?

  2. I can confirm Daniel’s solution, go to OSX “System Preferences” -> “Language and Text” then “Region” tab and change to “United States”
    As far as I’ve tested:
    – You don’t need to change the currency
    – Any english speaking region should work (including India :), and Japan too.

    Having to use the “Language Register” thing is already weird, but having to change region is just … this is probably why the Language Register is not even included in non english versions of Office Mac … I’ll never understand Microsoft commercial policy anyway 🙂

    1. And don’t forget to switch back to your default Region when you’re done with your japanese document, or you might see incorrect date formats and/or currencies in your other documents and apps.

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