Since I have been in china for more than two years , I have been looking for a tool to type pinyin below the Chinese characters in any word editing software. First, we need to know that we can type almost any language in Windows (all version after windows XP) by just adding that specific language. I will explain the method again here for “how to add Chinese language” first before proceeding to “how to type pinyin”.
To type Chinese language in any word editing software like notepad, word pad and Microsoft word first we need to install the language pack. Follow the steps
Settings > Time and language
On the left panel Select Language
Press the + sign “Add language”
You can choose Simplified Chinese
Step – 2
If you have successfully installed the language , you can select the specific language “Chinese” in this case, from the language bar appeared in task bar as shown below.
Step – 3
Now try typing some Chinese in MS Word ( you can also select the toggle keys to switch between Chinese and English). Remember when you start typing Chinese using pinyin the MS Word will show you the Chinese characters and we can choose the right character from the list.
If you have selected the Chinese language from the language bar you can now type Chinese anywhere in Windows like in notepad , power point , excel and any other text editing software.
Step – 5
If you are finally able to input the Chinese characters in Microsoft office , MS word then you can convert or enter pinyin for the Chinese character. Select the Chinese text you want to see or write the pinyin and the press the “abc” button in ribbon it will show you some options including the pinyin.
Select “Centered” in the alignment and press ok. It will display the beautiful pinyin along with Chinese characters , so even if you found any Chinese word , phrase or sentence to learn its pronunciation with pinyin you can just directly perform the step-5 it will show you its correct pinyin.
If you face any difficulty or problem while writing pinyin or Chinese characters you can post your comments below.