How to type Chinese using Pinyin

Select your operating system for a guide on how to enable Chinese text input.

How to type Chinese on Mac OSX - Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks

Go to System Preferences... screenshot type chinese preferences Choose Keyboard screenshot type chinese preferences Choose Input Sources, then click + screenshot type chinese preferences Select Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin - Simplified then click Add screenshot type chinese preferences Make sure Show Input menu in menu bar is checked. screenshot type chinese preferences Use the language icon in menubar to switch modes. screenshot type chinese switching

Typing in Chinese using Pinyin

Type in Pinyin, and select the character. typing chinese on a mac

Additional Tips

It is a good idea to create a keyboard shortcut to switch between input modes. Control + Space is a popular choice.

Go to System Preferences... Keyboard Shortcuts Input Sources

Check Select the previous input source and set the shortcut to ^Space screenshot type chinese switching

What native Chinese people actually do:

Most people who live in mainland China install a 3rd-party input method. Sogou Pinyin Input is very popular.

The Sogou input method has advantages:

The downside is the software must monitor all keystrokes to function, so you need administrator privileges to install it.