Looks like Microsoft input method is either imperfect or I don't know exactly, how to use it.

Many characters are just not appear in the hint panel, for example

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to enter 苹 or

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to enter 汁.

Is there any way yo be able to enter ANY character?

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    There are some good Chinese input method in China, Like Sogou or Baidu. – Whhhhhhhhy Oct 21 '16 at 7:12
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    If you don't want to scroll, just type a word that contains the character you want in the first position (such as 苹果) and then remove the second character. Most of the time, though, people don't type single characters, and the input method works much better for words and sentences. – Olle Linge Oct 21 '16 at 9:30
  • @OlleLinge how to scroll? – Dims Oct 21 '16 at 10:14
  • I don't know if there is a way to skip the entire page but you can press arrow up and down to go through the list – Zukaberg Oct 21 '16 at 14:28
  • Changjie(倉頡) is adopted by many Chinese, but it requires memorizing the code for every character, which takes a lot of time and even I, as a native speaker, is not able to grasp it. But the fact, every character has its unique code. – Incredibly HandSome Samuel Oct 22 '16 at 5:40

Chinese Input Methods Introduction:

Pinyin methods.

  • Bing

Out-of-box on windows in Chinese language. Very elegant. Pure typing.

  • Sougou

Most users. Most powerful word source. Most ADs. It provides anything you want and don't want.

  • QQ

Powerful than Bing, less useless functions than Sogou. I use QQ 精简 edition on windows.

  • Google

Only if you are a geek.

双拼(Double Type) Pinyin methods

Almost all these pinyin methods support this function to turn on in settings. I'd tried to learn it, but I found I can spend my time on TVs, so I still use pinyin.

五笔 methods

Sougou support this, just like I said, it provide anything. Another choice is 极点五笔.

五笔 is very hard to learn, I had used this method for several years but switched to Pinyin methods many years ago. It is based on the form of character other than pronunciation, but it doesn't fit the nature of character-writing.

Common usages of Chinese input method:

Choosing word: Space

prev page: - or ,(comma)

next page: + or .(period)

some methods also support number keys.

switch to English: shift key.

Insert English: just type english ,then press Enter

Special content: press key v ( some methods allow you to input emojis, radicals, even running custom scripts. i.e. google method)


If you enter, for example yao something like 189 results will show up. To scroll through them I use the Tab key. I think some systems use F12.

I use iBus intelligent Pinyin input method.

You can also scroll using the arrow keys.

I think yin throws up about 300 candidates. It would be impractical to show them all!

The more you use the program, the more the characters you use a lot show up first. Intelligent pinyin!

  • Neither TAB nor F12 show more characters for me. Only 9. – Dims Oct 21 '16 at 10:12
  • I‘d have to start Windoze to check, which I do not like doing, but there must be a key to scroll. In China sogou kind of installs itself, it is very invasive. Has its own search engine. I use baidu input on my mobile. It doesn't seem to be so 'I'm gonna take over your life' as sogou. – Gangosa Oct 21 '16 at 12:47

Because the input method will show suitable character automatically when you used for many times. By the way ,my English is not very well.


The Chinese character input methods can basically arranged under these categories.

Voice Input

Like Siri, the software can transform the voice into characters.

Handwriting Input

Draw a character and any possible options will be listed and then you can pick one.

Spell Input

This category includes Pinyin, the one in your question, and phonetic symbols used in Taiwan.

Stroke Input

A character is composed of several basic strokes, like -丨丿丶𠃌乛. The sequence "-丨丿丶" can form 木. Taking a forward step, a character can be resolved into smaller basic parts like 木. 木木木 can form 森. This is how Wubi(五笔) input method does. By the way Wubi is the most efficient and powerful if you master it.

If we have many possible characters for one input, we can walk through the list to find the wanted. Pressing - and = can go forward or backward. Of course you could define your own hotkeys. Besides, you could use the acronyms to input more characters for one input. jttqbc brings the possible sentence 今天天气不错. So you don't have to input jintiantianqibucuo. If the acronym is ambiguous, a ' is used to make it clear. wan brings 完 晚 and so on. w'a'n brings 我爱你.


If you want to choose 苹 just press "8" on the keyboard.If the character you need didn't show, press "+" on the keyboard to load next ten characters.


You can use Page up or Page down to get more show up, arrow doesn't work.

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