Microsoft Global Input Method Editor

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If you are on Windows you will require Microsoft Global Input Method Editor or IME to read and type in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Entering pinyin should be self-explanatory, just fire up the language bar, type in the pinyin word and select the corresponding number for the character you want. If its a common phrase, you can type in the entire phrase in pinyin and it ought to recognise it. It is ideal to set up a shortcut so that you can switch between language modes quickly. Go to the Language Bar > Settings > Key Settings to set shortcuts. For example, I use Alt-Shift-1 for Chinese and Alt-Shift-2 for English (UK).

In order to get ü (u with the umlaut) for words such as 女 (nü) or 旅 (lü), you substitute it with v. The v sound never appears in Chinese anyway. (In previous version of Windows IME, you would have typed u: in place of ü)

Another irrelevant point is that if your system tools folder disappears on windows, here is how u find it back:

  • Character Map - %SystemRoot%\system32\charmap.exe
  • Disk Cleanup - %SystemRoot%\system32\cleanmgr.exe
  • Disk Defragmenter - %SystemRoot%\system32\dfrg.msc
  • Files and Setting Transfer Wizard - %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\usmt\migwiz.exe
  • Security Center - %SystemRoot%\system32\wscui.cpl
  • System Information - C:\PROGRAM FILES\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo\msinfo32.exe
  • Scheduled Tasks-%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
  • System Restore - %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
  • * Activate Windows-%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /A

See Also

Asian Fonts