This morning I found I could no longer switch to the Japanese keyboard layout on my Mac – only the US layout was listed. So I went to System Preferences > International > Input menu and looked for the Japanese Input Method (called Kotoeri on the mac). There was no sign of it; here’s how it got fixed in the end.
Check that it’s a preferences / configuration problem:
- Create a new user (System Preferences > Accounts)
- Log out and log in as new user
- If the input methods are displayed correctly for this other user (see below), it must be a settings issue.
Fix the preferences problem:
- Log back in as the main user
- Drag these two files from /Users/MAINUSERNAME/Library/Preferences to the Desktop:
- com.apple.menuextra.textinput.plist com.apple.system.preferences.plist
- Restart, and presto, Japanese is back on the menu – いただきます！
Note: This is probably relevant for these other Input Methods also, as they disappeared and reappeared along with Japanese (kotoeri):
- Simplified Chinese
- Tamil Input Method
- Traditional Chinese
- Vietnamese UniKey
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