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Writing in Foreign Languages: Chinese

A guide to using foreign characters, software for writing in foreign languages, and using foreign language keyboards.

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This guide is always evolving. Suggestions for software or resources to link to are welcome.

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Tonals and Diacritical Marks

Software for Macs

Software for PCs

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Tonals & Diacritical Marks

The following shortcuts work with most applications and browsers, including Microsoft Word and Gmail. Note: these shortcuts may not work unless you enable and switch to an Extended Keyboard Layout; see "Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards" below for more information.

Typing Chinese tonal & diacritical marks on a Mac:

Macron ā, ē, ī, ō, ū Option + a, then the letter
Circumflex â, ê, î, ô, û Option + 6, then the letter
Acute á, é, í, ó Option + e, then the letter
Grave à, è, ì, ò, ù Option + `, then the letter
Umlaut ü Option + u, then u

 

Typing Chinese tonal & diacritical marks on a PC:

Macron Ā
Ē
Ī
Ō
Ū
alt + 0256
alt + 0274
alt + 0298
alt + 0332
alt + 0362
ā
ē
ī
ō
ū
alt + 0257
alt + 0275
alt + 0299
alt + 0333
alt + 0363
Circumflex Â
Ê
Î
Ô
Û
alt + 0194
alt + 0202
alt + 0206
alt + 0212
alt + 0219
â
ê
î
ô
û
alt + 0226
alt + 0234
alt + 0238
alt + 0244
alt + 0251
Acute Á
É
Í
Ó
Ú
alt + 0193
alt + 0201
alt + 0205
alt + 0211
alt + 0218
á
é
í
ó
ú
alt + 0225
alt + 0233
alt + 0237
alt + 0243
alt + 0250
Grave À
È
Ì
Ò
Ù
alt + 0192
alt + 0200
alt + 0204
alt + 0210
alt + 0217
à
è
ì
ò
ù
alt + 0224
alt + 0232
alt + 0236
alt + 0242
alt + 0249
Umlaut Ü alt +0220 ü alt + 0252


For additional information, see the Penn State "Computing with Accents, Symbols, and Foreign Scripts" pages.

Software for Macs

The Microsoft Office suite supports Chinese spell check. You can set it as your default language in Office for Mac using these instructions.

Gmail does not support Chinese spell check, nor do other Google applications. However, most browsers offer Chinese as a default language option.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Preferences window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Software for PCs

The Microsoft Office suite supports Chinese spell check. You can set it as your default language using these instructions.

Gmail does not support Chinese spell check, nor do other Google applications. However, most browsers offer Chinese as a default language option.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Options window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Here are the LTS instructions for setting up a foreign language keyboard:

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