How to type Chinese character using Pinyin (in Windows)
Typing Chinese is easier than you think using English (Romanized) Pinyin method.
If you have Microsoft Windows, all you need is few settings and no additional software purchase. MS Global Input Method Editors (IMEs) and it will do the trick.
This blog has screenshots to guide you to perfection.
calicartelSeptember 12, 2009, 07:58 PM
Hey Ncmuck, that looks great! I type on the French keyboard (the one that goes AZERTY instead of QUERTY). It seems that this time MS takes the input language into account. I really need this because on the AZERTY keyboard the digits are in CAPS. See the problem? If I type the pinyin in lower cases, which I have to, I can't access the digits without switching to CAPS each time! I've had this problem in Google docs. I'll get to work installing this first thing next week.
mbettinsonSeptember 13, 2009, 02:00 AM
Just a quick thumbs up for Google's Pinyin IME. Apart from anything else if you log in to your Google account via this (you can see it in the set-up), it will save your history to the google cloud. Very useful across multiple computers.
Also there's no way to change the font size of the Microsoft IME and it's very small. The Google one goes up quite large which is excellent for students obviously.