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 Windows 7
Open the Control Panel
, click Change keyboards or other input methods
Click Change Keyboards...
Choose Chinese Simplified, PRC - Microsoft Pinyin New Experience
, then OK
, then Apply
Typing Chinese using Pinyin
In the system tray, you can change typing mode.
Type Pinyin, and select the characters as you type.
What native Chinese people actually do:
Most people who live in mainland China typically install a 3rd-party input method. Google Pinyin Input is very popular.
The Google input method has advantages:
- It is partially cloud based, and will add new words as they become common in Chinese.
- It is a bit smarter, and learns from what you type. For instance, if your home address uses a rare Chinese character, it will learn this and make it a top suggestion, rather than having to frequently scroll through lists of characters
- It has other advanced features
The downside is the software must monitor all keystrokes to function, so you need administrator privileges to install it.