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ImeMode Enumeration

Specifies a value that determines the Input Method Editor (IME) status of an object when the object is selected.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public enum ImeMode
Member nameDescription
InheritInherits the IME mode of the parent control.
NoControlNone (Default).
OnThe IME is on. This value indicates that the IME is on and characters specific to Chinese or Japanese can be entered. This setting is valid for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese IME only.
OffThe IME is off. This mode indicates that the IME is off, meaning that the object behaves the same as English entry mode. This setting is valid for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese IME only.
DisableThe IME is disabled. With this setting, the users cannot turn the IME on from the keyboard, and the IME floating window is hidden.
HiraganaHiragana DBC. This setting is valid for the Japanese IME only.
KatakanaKatakana DBC. This setting is valid for the Japanese IME only.
KatakanaHalfKatakana SBC. This setting is valid for the Japanese IME only.
AlphaFullAlphanumeric double-byte characters. This setting is valid for Korean and Japanese IME only.
AlphaAlphanumeric single-byte characters(SBC). This setting is valid for Korean and Japanese IME only.
HangulFullHangul DBC. This setting is valid for the Korean IME only.
HangulHangul SBC. This setting is valid for the Korean IME only.
CloseIME closed. This setting is valid for Chinese IME only.
OnHalfIME on HalfShape. This setting is valid for Chinese IME only.

An Input Method Editor (IME) allows users to enter and edit Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters. The IME is an essential component for writing Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts. These writing systems have more characters than can be encoded for a regular keyboard. The IMEs for these languages use sequences of base characters that describe an individual character or group of characters to allow you to enter a larger set of characters. Base characters can be component letters from Hangul syllables, phonetic components for Japanese Kanji characters, or various combinations for Chinese characters.

The following example shows how to set the value of a control's ImeMode property.


using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Data;

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
	RichTextBox rtb = new RichTextBox();
	public Form1()
	{
		this.Controls.Add(rtb);
		rtb.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
		this.InputLanguageChanged += new InputLanguageChangedEventHandler(languageChange);
	}
	private void languageChange(Object sender, InputLanguageChangedEventArgs e)
	{
		// If the input language is Japanese.
		// set the initial IMEMode to Katakana.
		if (e.InputLanguage.Culture.TwoLetterISOLanguageName.Equals("ja"))
		{
			rtb.ImeMode = System.Windows.Forms.ImeMode.Katakana;
		}
	}
	public static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		Application.Run(new Form1());
	}
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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