i have seen the threads of How do I switch input modes in mozc without going to the IBus menu? and Make IBus-Mozc start in Hiragana rather than Direct input mode

but as ibus-mozc is suppose to be an japanese ime can direct input mode not be used to input kana and kanji? if so how does one do that?

  • Some Japanese keyboard has MOD keys for swicting Hiragana, Katakana and Alphabet. Oct 13, 2017 at 3:58
  • so by assigning those mod keys to some shortcut you can switch between all three while still in direct input mode?
    – Fuseteam
    Oct 13, 2017 at 16:41
  • No you have to change MOZC first inside Mozc direct input (alphabet half-width is available),anyway you can do it. Open Mozc Tool > Keymap style customize > Mozc keymap editor. Since 14.04 fcitx-mozc perform better, I hope ibus-mozc will be better in 18.04 LTS Oct 13, 2017 at 23:39
  • Changing the mod key for "activate ime" and "deactivate ime" to ctrl+` Did the trick to switch keyboard within direct input. Iwonder what happened to ibus-anthy
    – Fuseteam
    Oct 17, 2017 at 13:46
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    But it does answer the questions aka"ibus-moxc direct input mode works with mod keys to switch between inputting kana/kanji and romaji"
    – Fuseteam
    Oct 21, 2017 at 2:48

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This is about ibus-mozc on 16.04 LTS.

You have to activate ibus first, then set your favorite MOD Key for toggle ibus on/off by default, probably it is set to Super + Space but this might conflict other global hotkey/keyboard shortcuts, I recommend to change it, e.g. Control + Space or R_Alt whatever you don't usually use it.

When you type alphabet ibus off, when you type Japanese Hiragana ibus on.

p.s. Now I think fcitx-mozc has less problems than ibus-mozc. And ibus team will release a new project soon after 17.10 and 18.04 LTS.

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