Language Resources

Chinese Typing Help

In order to type Chinese characters, you'll need an Input Method Editor, or IME. Both Macs and PCs now come with IMEs installed; you can activate them just as you would change your keyboard layout. Follow the directions below.

The most popular Chinese character IMEs are pinyin-based, so to enter a character, begin typing it phonetically. As you type, common characters will appear in the IME box below your cursor. You may either continue typing, allowing the IME to select the appropriate character for the pinyin you've entered, or you may select from the character list in the IME box.

Third-party IMEs are popular in China. Many are based on search engine results, meaning their common character lists reflect the most current usage. Two of the most popular are Sogou and the Google IME, which is also available for Android devices.

Mac typing help

Keyboard layout setup

Choose from either simplified or traditional Chinese characters. We recommend installing the pinyin IME.

Windows typing help 

Keyboard layout setup

Choose from either simplified or traditional Chinese characters. We recommend installing the pinyin IME.