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How to type Chinese on Window 10 or a Mac

Rather than writing Chinese character by hand, do you know how to type it using your keyboard?
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As we mentioned at the beginning of HSK 1.2, to read and be able to recognise Chinese Character is vital for your learning journey. Some students may ask how can I type in Chinese. Firstly, there is not a physical Chinese keyboard; Secondly, even stroke orders are important for hand writing but you don’t need to use it in typing Chinese. You can use pinyin to do it without worry about the tones.

Today we will go through what you need to do to add Chinese keyboard on your electronic device:

How To Add Chinese Input On Your Windows 10

  1. Click the “Windows” icon then click the “Settings” icon
  2. Select “Time & Language”
  3. Select “Region & Language” then click “Add a language”
  4. Type the Chinese (Simplified, China) you want to add, then click “Next”
  5. Please note in the “Install Language features section”, you don’t want to change the language for the whole windows system in Chinese. Click “Install” and choose your keyboard.
  6. After Installation, then you can switch in the right corner of your computer to the Chinese keyboard and begin typing the Pinyin sound syllables with Latin alphabet letters, a listing of possible Chinese characters will actually display on the screen for you to choose the correct one.

How to Type Chinese on a Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu, then System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Input Sources.
  2. Click the Add button , select “Chinese, Simplified” (on the left), then select an input source in the list on the right.
  3. Click Add, then you can switch in the right top corner of your computer to the Chinese keyboard and spell out the words in Pinyin, a listing of possible Chinese characters generated by the computer for you to choose the correct one.
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