How do I type Chinese on my Windows PC?


After installing a Chinese Keyboard, click the ‘ENG’ icon located on the screen’s bottom right-hand corner. You should be able to see the Microsoft Pinyin Keyboard appear, select the keyboard you want to use.

Type the pronunciation of the character (Pinyin) you want to write down using your keyboard. A pop-up with suggested characters will appear, giving you the ability to choose a specific character. (When you start typing, you may need to hit Shift to type in Chinese as the  Chinese/English switch key defaults to the Shift key.)

To select a highlighted character, either press the corresponding number (1, 2, 3, etc.) or simply click on the right character, then press ‘Enter.’

To go back to English mode, click on “中” at the bottom right corner, or by pressing the ‘Shift’ key, you can switch between typing in Chinese and typing in English.


In settings, download ‘Handwriting’ in your Chinese (Hong Kong, SAR) language pack.

At the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, click the ‘ENG’ icon on the taskbar.

Right-click on the taskbar and ensure the ‘Show touch keyboard button’ option in the menu is enabled. Click on the keyboard icon that appears on the taskbar.

Next, click on the keyboard icon located on the open keyboard, then click on the paper and pen handwriting icon. You can now draw Chinese Characters in the boxes provided.


The Pinyin and Handwriting keyboards allow you to type the Chinese language by spelling out the Chinese characters’ pronunciation with the Roman alphabet or drawing the characters with your own handwriting. 

Tip: Some Chinese pinyin words are spelled using ‘ü’ which you might not have on your keyboard. To type ‘ü,’ type the letter ‘v’ instead. For example, if you want the character 女 (nü), typing ‘nu’ won’t bring up the right character, you will have to type ‘nv.’ J, Q, X, and Y are never followed by an ‘ü,’ so you don’t need to type ‘v’ after these letters.

Updated on: 21/06/2024

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