I couldn't any information on this question whatsoever and I tried every thinkable combination of keys...

Please can someone help? It gets a little annoying when I have to write Chinese texts that I always have to copy and paste this colon from the internet... :/

Help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Which IME are you using? Isn't that going to be “:” under Chinese mode and ":" under English mode?
    – River
    Dec 1, 2021 at 15:06
  • Why are you not saying what IME you're using, even after River asked you? The answer may very well depend on the IME you use.
    – joehua
    Dec 2, 2021 at 1:16
  • It also depends on what keyboard layout you have. Are you using US keyboard?
    – River
    Dec 2, 2021 at 19:55

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On a German QWERTZ keyboard you should press SHIFT + the key on the right of "L" (that is a "Ö").

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If you can only type in English punctuations under Chinese mode with the default IME in Win 10, try the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [.] to switch it back.

  • You mean I should use the normal ":" colon instead of the Chinese one? Dec 1, 2021 at 17:30
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    @AskingBecauseIHaveQuestions No, what River meant is, when you write Chinese text and want to write a Chinese colon ":", if you see that instead of ":" you get a ":", then try to press the CTRL key and, keeping CTRL pressed, the "." key. After that, try again to type the ":" key and you will see that you will get the Chinese colon ":". Dec 1, 2021 at 21:12
  • Ah, okay, thanks! But I can't even write a ":" with the Chinese language setting. Dec 1, 2021 at 23:05
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    @AskingBecauseIHaveQuestions Type SHIFT + the key on the right of "L". Dec 1, 2021 at 23:13
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    @AskingBecauseIHaveQuestions BTW, do you have a QWERTY or QWERTZ keyboard? Dec 1, 2021 at 23:28

Prehaps try to install some Chinese keyboard overlay on your win10,

one such example would be 'Sogou keyboard', which is available on their official website @ https://pinyin.sogou.com/

Once set up correctly, you can just type colon normally and it will show up.

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