Japanese words for computers: A quick & complete guide in 2023

How often do you use your computer? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know some Japanese words for computer. Of ourse, we have an extended list as well.

These ones are pretty easy since a lot of them come from English and are written in katakana, so don’t worry about having to memorize too much!

Basic words:

  1. Laptop computer: ノートパソコン
  2. Desktop computer: パソコン /デスクトップパソコン/コンピュター
  3. Keyboard: キーボード
  4. Mouse: マウス
  5. Cursor: ポインター
  6. Screen: 画面がめん
  7. Display: モニター
  8. Printer: プリンター
  9. Internet: インターネット ・ ネット
  10. Provider: プロバイダー
  11. Search engine: 検索けんさく
  12. Email address: メールアドレス ・ メアド
  13. Online game: オンラインゲーム
  14. Website: ホームページ/Webサイト・ウエブサイト
  15. Application: アプリ


  1. To install a software: ソフトをインストールする
  2. To download: ダウンロードする
  3. To search: 検索けんさくする (けんさく)
  4. To open a file: ファイルをひら
  5. To start a blog: ブログをはじめる
  6. To create a website: ホームページをつく
  7. To freeze: フリーズする
  8. To attach a file: ファイルを添付てんぷする
  9. To save a file: ファイルを保存ほぞんする
  10. To print: 印刷いんさつする ・プリントする

This list is quite easy to remember, isn’t it?

You may have noticed there are two ways to talk about a “website” in Japanese.

  • Webサイト/ウエブサイト: a website with several web pages.
  • ホームページ: the main page of a website but used to speak of a website or a web page!

Originally, the distinction between those two words existed in Japanese. During the spread of the Internet in Japan, this new technology had to be explained to people unfamiliar with computer science.

To simplify the explanation, the word homepage was broadly used not only to refer to a homepage but also to a web page or a website.

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