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
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 4:49
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    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
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 4:54
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    @ 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
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 5:14
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    Sorry, Ekaya is something different, useful for Burmese and some other Myanmar languages. So ignore that.
    – neubau
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 5:21
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    Most IME I used, I use shift+ctrl+f to switch to 繁体(traditional)
    – einverne
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 11:59

6 Answers 6


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 ...

  • 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
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 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
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 22:07

Google's Pinyin IME allows you to switch between simplified and traditional characters. https://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/ime/pinyin/


On the Pinyin language bar, click on Tool Menu > Options > Advanced Tab > Character Set to Traditional


I know it's late to the game.

This does not answer the question, in fact, it circumvents it.

I recommend sogou pinyin (搜狗拼音).

There are both versions for Windows and Mac. By default it's set to the simplified Chinese, but you can switch to the traditional version very easily by pressing "shift+ctrl+f", f for 繁体(fan ti). And press them again to switch back to the simplified output. Or you can change the setting to define your own preferable combination of the switch.



I am using the simplified Chinese IME from Office 2010. This IME is mainly for simplified characters, but traditional Chinese characters also appear in its database. For an occasional use of traditional characters, you may have to scroll down several pages to choose a corresponding traditional character.

For an occasional use of traditional characters, you can also use Google Translate or Word to convert simplified characters to traditional characters. Note that such conversion can make a few errors, so a manual grammar check is required before the result is used.


I find this link below is useful for tips on configuring Pinyin input for traditional Chinese on Windows 10. This can be done with Microsoft Pinyin (Simplified, China) or Microsoft Bopomofo (Traditional, Taiwan) keyboard. Good luck.


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