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
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 :)
Solution for Windows 8.1
- 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
Add a language
Chinese (Simplified, China)
中文(中华人民共和国)is available as a language, click
Microsoft Pinyinshould appear by default. If it is not there, click
Add an input methodand select
Microsoft Pinyinis available as an input method, click
Choose character set, select
- Congratulations! You can now type traditional Chinese with Pinyin. You can also press
shiftto 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.
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.
You can easily switch back-and-forth between simplified and traditional characters by using the same keyboard combination above.
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":
it's free, have fun :)
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.