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Typing Chinese Characters

Your personal computer may use a different OS or may need additional files installed. Please visit our Typing in Another Language page for more information.  You are welcome to bring a laptop to the LRC to get help in setting up an International Keyboard such as the one used in the LRC.

For information on how to type in Chinese on an iOS device (e.g., iPad, iPhone), please visit our Typing in Another Language page.

Inputting Chinese Characters in the LRC

Change the Language Keyboard on PC

1.  Open the software you plan to use (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, NJ Star).
Language Bar2.  Locate the Language Bar. This usually hovers in the top right corner of the screen, but it may be translucent until you hover over it with the mouse.
Choosing Chinese3.  Click on the language currently listed in the language bar (En: English is usually the default).  A drop down menu will appear.  
The language bar will now be considerably longer and should look like the one shown below.  
Simplified Chinese Language Bar
input style change4.  Verify that the Input Style appears as  input style  If it does not, click and select the correct input style from the menu.
5.  Verify that the Input Mode appears as Input Mode.  If it does not, click until it changes to match the image shown.
6.  Verify that the Punctuation appears as chinese punctuation.  If it does not, click until it changes to match the image shown.


Change the Language Keyboard on Mac

1. Open the software you plan to use (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, NJ Star)
2.  Choose Apple menu (top left corner) -> System Preferences.
3.  Click Language & Text and then click Input Sources.  
4.  Select the checkbox next to Chinese - Simplified. And close Systems Preferences Window.
5.  Verify the checkbox next to Show Input menu in menu bar is clicked, and close Systems Preferences window.
Mac Simplified Chinese6.  In the top right corner of the menu bar, click on the U.S. flag and choose Pinyin - Simplified.

Typing and Selecting the Correct Chinese Character

In the following example, we will type the sentences, Wǒ shì xuésheng.  Nǐ ne? 我是学生。你呢?Someone proficient in Chinese language input will be able to skip some of these steps, but we will outline the steps as a beginner to the language would follow.

wo1.  Type wo, which will appear as it does in the image to the right.  Below where you are typing, a choice of characters will appear.  

2.  The first choice is highlighted in blue.  In this case, that is the character that you would want, and so you simply press the space bar to select it.  

wo shi3.  Now type shi.  In this case, the first character is not the one we want.  The one we want is labeled "2".

4.  Press the 2 button to insert the correct character.

wo shi xuesheng

5.  The word xuésheng can be typed as a combination.  This will aid in generating the correct characters.  Simply type xuesheng, and the correct characters will appear as the highlighted option in the first position.  Click the spacebar to select it.

6.  The sentence will now appear in Chinese characters with a dotted line underneath it.provisional sentence  This is a provisional sentence.  To accept the sentence, simply click the spacebar.

7.  Adding a period will complete the sentence so that it appears like this.sentence period  

8.  Follow the same steps to add the second sentence except complete the sentence with a question mark.  sentence and question