Google Pinyin is a popular and convenient input method for Chinese which is based on the Pinyin input system. The following links give detailed instructions on how to install and configure the software. NOTE: The Google Pinyin input system is not compatible with the Microsoft IME Pad for Chinese writing.
Sevel websites provide Chinese characters online input methods. No Chinese IME is needed to install in the computer. Internet connection is required.
When you add Chinese, Japanese, or Korean on a Windows computer, Windows uses a built-in Microsoft IME (input method) to help you type characters with your keyboard. However, this built-in IME is very inefficient, and installing Google IME is recommended instead (see “How to Use Google IME for a Windows Operating System” below for details).
Add a language to your computer for a Windows operating system with the default Microsoft IME (There are 3 methods):
Method 1 (works for Windows 10 and 8.1)
Method 2 (works for Windows 10, 8.1, and 8)
Method 3 (Works for Windows 7)
Select Clock, Language and Region in the control panel, then click the Region and Language button, and select the Keyboards and Languages tab. Click Change keyboards, then press the Add button. Select the language you want. Click Okay, then click Apply. Finally, select the Language Bar tab, then choose the Docked in the taskbar option, and click Okay.
When you click on Chinese, different input options will appear. Choose the one you want (‘phonetic’ or ‘new phonetic’). This sets up the default Windows IME input. To change the phonetic input to pinyin, select the Chinese keyboard in the Text Services and Input Languages tab. Select Properties, then expand the drop-down list under Keyboard layout. Select HanYu Pinyin.
How to Use Google IME for a Windows Operating System
Google IME is a better input method for typing characters than Microsoft’s built-in IME system. Download and install Google IME for your version of Windows.
To download, you can go to:
Once you download and install Google IME, you will need to change the keyboard from the default Microsoft IME to the Google IME.
Switching Keyboards for Windows 10, 8.1, and 8
Navigate to the Region and Language page (see above). Click on the Chinese/Japanese/Korean Language tab, press the Options button, and switch keyboard inputs from Microsoft’s version to Google IME (谷歌) by clicking Add a keyboard.
You can also change IMEs by going to the Clock, Language, and Region tab and pressing Change input methods, clicking Options beside the language box, and then clicking Add an input method.
For Windows 7
Navigate to the Keyboards and Languages tab and click Change keyboards, click Add, select Google’s IME, and then confirm and hit Okay
Add a language to your computer for a Mac:
Switching languages with the language bar:
For a Windows operating system:
For a Mac:
Need More Help?
To Install Japanese Input on Your Computer
To Change Your Keyboard Layout (Windows 8.1 and 7)
Windows 7 Chinese Input
Change Keyboard Layout in Windows
Changing the Input Language (Window 8 and 10)
Windows 10 Pinyin Setup for Traditional Chinese Characters
Chinese Pinyin Setup in Windows 10
Installing Language Keyboards in Windows 7