How to display Pinyin in Word on a Mac?

December 26, 2012, 08:06 PM posted in General Discussion

In Windows XP, you can highlight characters and Word will give the pinyin for each.

Is there an easy way to do this with Word on a Mac?

I set up the Mac so I can enter pinyin to type hanzi.  I need the reverse, i.e., for Word to display pinyin for hanzi.

(This works as a good study tool, i.e., when I get an e-mail in hanzi, I first try to read the characters.  If I can't, I copy it into Word and read the message in pinyin.  This way, I'm thinking in Chinese.  The last resort is google translate).  

(if you need instructions on switching in & out of hanzi in Windows, I can provide it.  It's easy & requires no extra software. 很方便).  


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December 26, 2012, 09:31 PM

I didn't realize that the Windows version of Word had this feature. The Word (version 2011) on my Mac does not do this, although maybe you had to enable it somewhere? I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't present in the Mac Word; there are some differences between the two.

There is an app on the App Store called Pinyin, that seems to offer what you're looking for. I haven't tried it.

By the way, I think this group is about food :)

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December 27, 2012, 02:47 AM

Karlovac - Thanks - you're right.  I posted it to the wrong forum.  


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December 27, 2012, 03:18 AM

The CP folks can delete this post if they want.  I reposted it to the correct forum.