How to display pinyin for hanzi in Word on a Mac?

December 27, 2012, 03:19 AM posted in I Have a Question



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.  Google will give pinyin, but I prefer the way Word does it).  

(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).  

谢谢!(I originally posted this to the wrong forum)

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December 31, 2012, 06:43 AM

Not quite sure if you can do this with Word on a mac, however, I'll have look an see on my Macbook at home.

As an alternative, you can download pop-up dictionary browers plug-ins for Google Chrome and Firefox (and likely Safari) via their respective web stores.

Right now I'm using one called "Zhongwen pop-up dictionary" for Chrome:

It's great for getting a good English/pinyin translation by hovering over those tricky/unfamiliar words.