Appendix A. Configuring Windows XP for Chinese Language Input
Windows XP comes with built-in support for inputting languages other than English. As a Singaporean Chinese, I am thrilled that I can input Chinese characters into my applications, such as Word, Notepad, and even my .NET applications.
Here is how you can configure Windows XP to support the Chinese language:
- Go to Control Panel and double-click on Regional and Language Settings.
- Click on the Languages tab.
- Check the "Install files for East Asian languages" checkbox
(see Figure 13).
Figure 13. Installing the Chinese language support
- Click OK. Windows XP will install the necessary files for the new languages. You will need your Windows XP installation disk.
- Windows will restart.
- After the restart, go back to the same window (as shown in Figure 13) and click on the Details... button.
- The Text Services and Input Languages window will be displayed,
as shown in Figure 14.
Figure 14. Configuring the input languages
- Click the Add... button to display the Add Input Language window
(see Figure 15).
Figure 15. Adding a new input language
- Select "Chinese (PRC)" as the input language and select "Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0" as the keyboard layout/IME. Click on OK.
- Under the Installed services group, select the "Chinese (Simplified)
- Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0"service and click on the Properties...
button (see Figure 16).
Figure 16. Configuring the Chinese language service
- In the Conversion mode group, select "Sentence". In the
Candidate option group, check the "Prompt step by step"
checkbox (see Figure 17). Click OK.
Figure 17. Configuring Windows for "hanyupinyin" input
- You should now see the language bar displayed in the Taskbar (see
Figure 18. Choosing the input language
- To switch to Chinese input, you can either use the Taskbar or press the Left Alt+Shift key combination to toggle between English and Chinese input.
- To test it out, use Notepad. As you type the "hanyupinyin"
of the Chinese character, a list of characters that matches it will
be displayed. To select the desired character, simply press its
numeric equivalent (see Figure 19).
Figure 19. Chinese input using "hanyupinyin"
Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) http://weimenglee.blogspot.com is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.
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