There are two options for adding a traditional character (fanti) pinyin
Using the Chinese (PRC) Pinyin IME for fanti zi:
To set the Chinese (PRC) IME to traditional characters, do the following:
the Language Bar on CH/MSPY,
Click the Options Menu icon
- Then click "Options..."
(See the screen shot to the right.)
Then, in "Microsoft Pinyin IME Options":
Click the "MSPY New Experience & Classic Input Style" tab
Under "Character Set", select "Traditional Chinese"
- Click the "OK" button
The advantage of using the Chinese (PRC) MSPY input method editor for traditional
characters is that the "New Experience" input style is, in my humble opinion, far
more sophisticated and easier to use.
The disadvantages of using Chinese (PRC) for traditional characters are:
It doesn't seem to support "Self-learning" (sorting characters and phrases in the
candidate window according to your usage) in traditional character mode. Notice
that in the screenshot above, "Enable Self-learning" is grayed out.
You will not be able to quickly switch between simplified and traditional via a
keyboard shortcut or the Taskbar button; you will have to do it in no less than
five (5) clicks via the Language Bar's Options.
- You will not have other input methods available in Taiwan, including zhuyin / bopomofo,
Cangjie, etc. (This does not mean you cannot write out standalone Zhuyin with the
PRC keyboard however. It is in the soft keyboards, just as in XP
- There are times when the system gets confused, especially when you are also working
in simplified characters: it starts out in a simplified font anyway, and won't let
you change that line to a traditional font. If this happens to you, I suggest erasing
the entire line or even opening a new document and starting over. (This has also
happened to me when switching between "Chinese (PRC)" and "Chinese (Taiwan)", so
I probably shouldn't blame "Chinese (PRC)" for this alone.
Using the "Chinese (Taiwan)" Pinyin IME for fanti zi:
This is how to add the "Microsoft New Phonetic IME" and set the input preferences
the "Regional and Language Options" control panel:
In Control Panels, do one of the following:
- Click on the Windows Start
- Click on "Control Panel". (See the screen shot at left.)
- In Control Panels Home, find "Clock, Language and Region"
and click on "Change keyboards or other input methods." (See screen shot
- or, if you are in Control Panels Classic View, Find and
double-click on the "Regional and Language Options" icon. (See
screen shot #2 below.)
1. Click here in Control Panels Home:
2. Or double-click here in if you are in Control Panels "Classic View":
When the "Regional and Language Options" control panel appears:
- Click the "Change keyboards..." button. (Don't worry, despite the
name of this button your English keyboard will remain available at all times after
When "Text Services and Input Languages" appears:
- Click on the "Add..." button:
When "Add Input Language" appears:
Scroll down to "Chinese (Taiwan)".
Click on the plus signs next to "Chinese (Taiwan)" and "Keyboard".
- Click the checkbox to select "Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic".
- Click the "OK" button.
You can click the Add button again to select more input methods, but most
of the others are more appropriate for professional speed typists. Waiguoren
- and the average Chinese user - usually don't want to go there. However, I will
cover zhuyin ("bopomofo") input later.
To set the New Phonetic IME to the Pinyin input method, do the
- Click once on the name of the input method, "Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic"
to select it, then click on the "Properties" button. (Note: These settings can also
be accessed later via the Options menu in the Language Bar.)
In "Microsoft New Phonetic IME 10.x Settings",
Click the "Keyboard" tab
In the pull-down menu under "Choose your preferred keyboard layout", select "HanYu
- Click OK, and OK again.
In the Taskbar, in the Language bar at the lower-right of your screen, you will
now find a "CH" option for "Chinese (Taiwan)":
When Chinese (Taiwan) is selected, if you click the Tool Menu icon at the far right,
you can click "Properties" in the menu to get adjust this IME's settings, including
switching keyboards again or setting other preferences: