I cannot input user account in English without changing input mode when to type user account at login dialog box. I have to change input mode to US every time when I boot mac.


  1. Region is english
  2. Top priority input mode is English(US). Next one is Japanese.
  3. I setup for the login dialog box to type use account name and password for when its login.


Language Region

Input modes: hiragana(Kotoeri)
Input source: US, Kotoeri
Keyboard: Japanese

Do you know how to enable English mode as default without changing input the mode?

  • Are you talking about the keyboard, switching from Japanese to English ?
    – Ruskes
    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:13
  • No, would like to use English as input mode. Jul 28, 2014 at 8:14
  • What is input mode ? the keyboard?
    – Ruskes
    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:16
  • I use kotoeri. I remember that I did not need to change input mode every time before. How come, I have to change input mode every time. Jul 28, 2014 at 8:20
  • Exactly what are you doing to "change input mode"? Jul 28, 2014 at 11:50

2 Answers 2


Check "Romaji" option for Kotoeri and remove "US" completely as it becomes useless with Kotoeri. This way you will have roman letters input just like with "US" keyboard.

If you have Japanese keyboard, use 英数 key to switch to Romaji input and かな key to switch to Kana input. If you have non-Japanese keyboard, it is possible whether to change input sources using hotkeys as displayed in Kotoeri preferences or to map Caps Lock key to switch input sources as many people do.

  • Thank you for your information. But I would like to use us and Kotoeri due to unrecognizable naming "Romaji" which is well known as Japanese input mode in Japan computer environment. So, I would like to use US and Kotoeri. Jul 31, 2014 at 4:57
  • Then just keep US without removing + check "Romaji" input for Kotoeri to avoid switching it to Kana automatically. In fact it really depends what kind of keyboard do you use. Do you use Japanese layout or US/European layout?
    – Rilakkuma
    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:00
  • I use Japanese keyboard, US, Kotoeri with Hiragana only. By the way, Did you read my question? I've mentioned on this post. please kindly check Jul 31, 2014 at 6:05
  • From what I understand, you are trying to have Windows-like way - two keyboards, one for English input (US), another for Japanese input (Kotoeri). Unfortunately this does not work well on Mac. I've tried this too some time ago and went to using 英数 and かな keys for switching between English and Japanese input. There is little confusing setting too - "Romaji" actually means English input, while "Typing method: Romaji" shows your kana input method. Kotoeri falls into Romaji input by default so it is same as US keyboard, just name is different. So, the problem is naming only, i guess?
    – Rilakkuma
    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:42
  • Thank you for your respond. I will try to use and escalate this. Aug 2, 2014 at 20:40

Open sys pref and then Keyboard.

Make sure to DISABLE (uncheck) the Automatic switch to Document Input source.


Set the order of languages to English at the top.

If done correctly, it will say "Primary" in the Language and Regions:


  • Thank you for the information. But it did not work. Jul 28, 2014 at 10:08
  • please explain what did not work? with this setting you should always have English as primary input language.
    – Ruskes
    Jul 28, 2014 at 10:35
  • not enough information that I mention so I add Jul 29, 2014 at 11:05
  • @user3171796 There is no "japanese" on the input sources list. Do you mean Kotoeri? Are the boxes for Hiragana and Romaji checked, so that Hirgana and Romaji appear in the "flag" menu at the top right of the screen? Do you want Romaji to be the default for login? Jul 29, 2014 at 12:20
  • I use Hiragana only for Kotoeri. Please take a look my question which I updated with attachments Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01

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