Typing in Pinyin on Your Macintosh

I’m very impressed by Apple’s attention to international detail. In this post, I’ll describe how to type Chinese characters on your Mac. If you’ve never typed Chinese into your Mac before, just follow these instructions:

1. Launch your System Preferences from the dock:

2. Select “International” from the System Preferences window (found in the top row of “Personal” options):

3. Select the “Input Menu” tab:

4. Check the “Simplified Chinese” and “Traditional Chinese” boxes.

5. You’re done! You should see your current language setting displayed as a flag on your menu bar:

6. Click that flag and select your favorite input method. Mine is Pinyin.

7. Now, take it for a test drive. If you run a simple program like Text Edit and start typing in Pinyin, your Mac will suggest which character you are trying to type:

Depending on which character you are trying to enter, you may have to use the scroll bar to find your character. The number in the column can be typed to get that specific character.

There are otherinput methods available, but this method is included standard on all Macs. If you’d like to post other solutions you’ve found, please do so!

November 8, 2020 6:37 am