I'm setting up Ubuntu to be able to input in three keyboard layouts:

  1. English (US)
  2. German
  3. Japanese (Mozc)(IBus)

What I'm finding is if I switch from English to Japanese directly, then romaji is input with a QWERTY keyboard, but if I switch to German first, and then to Japanese, the romaji is input with German's QWERTZ keyboard.

In other words, mozc is just using whichever keyboard layout I had selected just before switching to it for entering romaji.

I'd like if I could fix it to one (preferably English US) regardless of which keyboard I was using last. If that means an alternative to mozc, I'm open to that too. In the meantime I can work around it as long as I remember to switch directly from English to Japanese.


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First click on this Mozc icon and bring

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this window and click on the red arrow, preference button,

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Pull-down the menu from Input Method Default to your favorite.

  • 2
    Thanks. Most of that menu was missing for me, but now that I know what the option's name was, I was able to search more effectively, and found that I had to switch from IBus to fcitx in the Language Support menu in order for those options to appear. After that I was able to follow your advice and get it working. Cheers! – Thalfon Jun 28 '17 at 8:23

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