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I am now used to typing Chinese using a pinyin IME from my time in mainland China.

But as far as I know the pinyin IMEs usually generate simplified characters. I'm now in Taiwan and having trouble learning the ways they type here so I'm wondering if there's a way to type in pinyin but generate traditional characters?

I'm using Windows 7 and would prefer to use one of the IMEs included with it. But if none of them will do it then an answer involving downloading another IME would also be OK.

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I'm not home at the moment so anyone reading this feel free to action the above otherwise I will once I get home. – 50-3 Jan 26 '14 at 4:49
I input pinyin to get traditional characters, and my settings are Ekaya Input Method and Microsoft New Phonetic IME 2002a. Choose HanYu Pinyin for keyboard mapping. Hope that works for you. – neubau Jan 26 '14 at 4:54
@ hippytrail: That sounds right. By the way, to type the vowel sound in 女 (in pinyin, u with an umlaut), you need to type ‘v’ in this system. I always forget that, but it turns out there’s a stackex question that explains it! – neubau Jan 26 '14 at 5:14
Sorry, Ekaya is something different, useful for Burmese and some other Myanmar languages. So ignore that. – neubau Jan 26 '14 at 5:21
Most IME I used, I use shift+ctrl+f to switch to 繁体(traditional) – einverne Jan 26 '14 at 11:59

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Here's one way to do it which I figured out starting from some tips thanks to user2619 in the comments:

  1. Right click on the keyboard/IME icon in the system tray.
  2. Select "Settings" from the popup menu.
  3. The "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog will appear. Use the "General" tab.
  4. Under "Installed services" click on "Add...".
  5. Find the section "Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan).
  6. Select "Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic". Click "OK".
  7. Left click on the keyboard/IME icon in the system tray. Select "Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)".
  8. Click on the "Tool Menu" icon in the IME's system tray icon. It's the 4th icon to the right of the CH icon.
  9. Select the "Properties" menu item. Then the "Keyboard" tab.
  10. In the section labelled "Choose your preferred keyboard layout", choose "HanYu Pinyin" from the dropdown list.

Now if you are used to the Pinyin IME for simplified Chinese in the PRC the way to select characters is totally different. I haven't figured out that part yet ...

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Sorry only just got to a PC, Chinese (Simplified, PRC) > Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin New Experience Input style. Is what I use to input simplified Chinese. Your steps are correct for windows included traditional :) – 50-3 Jan 27 '14 at 1:50
I got to the last step #10 and I didn't have a choice to pick HanYu Pinyin. Any other ideas? – user4189 Mar 16 '14 at 22:07

Google's Pinyin IME allows you to switch between simplified and traditional characters.

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