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 8

Open the Control Panel, click Change input methods screenshot type chinese Click Add a Language screenshot type chinese settings Select Chinese Simplified screenshot simplified chinese Return back to the language options, and click on Options next to Chinese. screenshot type chinese options Click Add an input method screenshot chinese input method Select Microsoft Pinyin screenshot type pinyin

Typing Chinese using Pinyin

In the tray, you can change typing mode. screenshot type pinyin Type pinyin, and select the characters as you type. screenshot type pinyin

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:

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