I studied pinyin so I naturally type simplified Chinese but now I want to type traditional Chinese. Is there a program available where I can type traditional Chinese using Pinyin method? Thanks

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    If you are looking for an online application: translate.google.com Set the input language to Chinese and then select 'Chinese - Traditional, Taiwan - Pinyin' in the input tool dropdown. But I guess you are better off with a desktop IME. If you have Windows, you can setup the IME very easily, it's already on your computer you just need to google that. Or perhaps you have another OS, just seach for 'Chinese Traditional IME Pinyin + [your OS]' – imrek May 2 '16 at 9:12
  • It seems you're not actually asking for an online service, but rather something you can download? If you're actually asking for an online IME, try this one: pinyinput.com/?lang=en – Olle Linge May 2 '16 at 13:33
  • Hi, essentially I am looking for a direct input method IME where i can skip the google translate step. However, it seems google may be the safest bet. – Genevieve May 2 '16 at 13:39

I use Sogou input, there's a preference setting for it. And I believe many Chinese input have it too. enter image description here

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OK, again in mac os x, go to system preferences⋯keyboard⋯input sources⋯press +⋯choose "chinese-traditional" from the left⋯then choose "pinyin - traditional", voila :)

remember to check the "show input menu in menu bar", then you can choose the pinyin as input method, and type "out" traditional chinese characters.

have fun :)

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    I am not a mac user. – Genevieve May 2 '16 at 9:31
  • then, consider to change :) the built-in functions of mac os x are excellent; for learning cantonese, and/r traditional chinese. – 水巷孑蠻 May 2 '16 at 9:35
  • yes thank you, I will definitely consider using a mac as well as my pc. Thanks – Genevieve May 2 '16 at 10:16
  • @Genevieve I will write an answer for Windows for you. – Cosmos Gu May 2 '16 at 10:17
  • @Genevieve Done. Can't believe it took me 40 minutes to write this seemingly easy answer. – Cosmos Gu May 2 '16 at 10:59

Solution for Windows 8.1

  1. Go to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Language (Alternatively, click the downward arrow on the language bar (on the taskbar) to open the menu and click Settings...)
  2. Click Add a language
  3. Select Chinese (Simplified)
  4. Select Chinese (Simplified, China)
  5. Once 中文(中华人民共和国) is available as a language, click Options following it.
  6. Under Input, Microsoft Pinyin should appear by default. If it is not there, click Add an input method and select Microsoft Pinyin.
  7. Once Microsoft Pinyin is available as an input method, click Options following it.
  8. Under Choose character set, select Traditional Chinese.
  9. Congratulations! You can now type traditional Chinese with Pinyin. You can also press shift to switch between English and Chinese when Chinese (Simplified, China) is selected.


  • This answer only considers what you can achieve in native Windows system (i.e. no third-party apps). In fact, the lack of native support for Pinyin as an input method for traditional Chinese has been repeatedly complained by users.
  • There is no easy method to switch between simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese using this method. You have to go through the same process again to change from one character set to another (you can keep the "Options" window open for quick switching).
  • It is possible to add tradition Chinese as a language and then select "Microsoft Bopomofo" as an input method. But note that although "Microsoft Bopomofo" is based on Pinyin, it is different from "Microsoft Pinyin" and is rather clunky to use.
  • Some characters outputted by "Microsoft Pinyin" using traditional Chinese character set is incorrect. For example, "只 (only)" is written the same way in both simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. But "Microsoft Pinyin" will outputted it as "衹". There is no easy way around this problem and you have to spot it by yourself.
  • A fail-proof way is to type in simplified Chinese and then copy the result into Google Translate to translate them into traditional Chinese. This comes handy when you only need to type a small number of characters (note that Google Translate will mess up your formatting), or when you need to be absolutely sure that what you are typing is 100% correct.
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    Thank you very much. I am translating chunks of English to Chinese, I will type in pinyin and translate via google translate to change into traditional. Many kind thanks again. – Genevieve May 2 '16 at 13:23
  • @Genevieve Glad I could help :) – Cosmos Gu May 2 '16 at 16:01

Google Pinyin is another option for you.

In Windows, switch your input method to Google Pinyin, and then use Ctrl+Shift+T to switch to traditional Chinese mode. Now you can type pinyin to get traditional Chinese characters.

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You can easily switch back-and-forth between simplified and traditional characters by using the same keyboard combination above.

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just remembered to remind you, there're differences between fonts for simplified and traditional chinese. since you're not mac user, i would suggest downloading google font: "not sans cjk":


or, https://www.google.com/get/noto/#sans-hant

it's free, have fun :)

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there is an app for typing Chinese made for Chinese people. search Sogou pinyin in google and it will take you to the home page of the app, download and install(un tick the Sogou browser because you probably don't want it, it's practically a Chinese version for Chrome) don't worry about it being illegal, it's not. after installing, you can just press ctrl + shift + f to change into traditional Chinese and same keys to change back. there are a lot of other cool settings and skins that comes with the app. I recommend this app to all people who type Chinese it is really handy. http://pinyin.sogou.com/ this is the website, go in click the button that says 立即下载 and it will start downloading. and just install it with your own preferred setting and you're good to go. Hope this helps.

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  • Sadly this only support Windows and XP, sorry Mac people – Dragon May 3 '16 at 11:45

Online input method

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