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Declan Software's Guide to Installing and
Using Microsoft's Chinese IME

(The 中文 IME)

A comprehensive guide to installing and using the Microsoft
Chinese IME
for
Windows Vista
NEW!, Windows XP, Windows 2000.The IME allows users of non-Chinese
versions of Windows to read and enter
Chinese hanzi characters
(using pinyin and a number of other systems) in IME enabled applications.

The IME is also required to correctly run
Declan Software
's
Chinese Language Learning Software
.

Chinese Audio FlashCards - learn over 8000 Chinese words with native-speaker audio. Full details
ReadWrite Chinese - learn 1000 Chinese characters with stroke order animations. Full details
Declan's Chinese Dictionary - a 23,000 word Chinese-English dictionary. Full details
 

 
 
 
Chinese Word of the Day
     
   
     
     
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Installing the Chinese Fonts in Windows VISTA

How do I install the Chinese (Simplified) IME  in Windows Vista?

How do I use the Chinese (PRC) IME?

Where can I get further help?

Installing the Chinese Fonts in Windows XP

How do I install Chinese fonts in Windows XP?
(the minimum required to run our Chinese language learning software)

How do I install the Chinese IME (Simplified)?

How do I use the Chinese (PRC) IME?

Where can I get further help?

Installing the Chinese Fonts in Windows 2000

How do I install Chinese fonts in Windows 2000?
(the minimum required to our Chinese language learning software)

Where can I get further help?

 


Installing the Chinese IME in Windows Vista
How do I install  the Chinese IME in Windows Vista?
 

To install the Chinese IME in Windows Vista, start by opening the Control Panel.

Click the Start Button:

and chose Control Panel:

Then click the "Clock, Language and Regional" option.

You should then see the Regional and Language Options option as shown below. Under the Regional and Language Options item select Change keyboards or other input methods.

That will bring up the Keyboard and Languages tab in the Regional and Language Options dialogue. Click the Change keyboards... button:

In "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog box we need to add the Chinese IME and the Chinese Keyboard components.

Click the "Add..." button.

You should now see the "Add Input Language" dialog box.

Scroll down to the Chinese (PRC) entry, expand it and select the Chinese keyboard that you would like to use (I would recommend the Microsoft Pinyin IME is you are using Simplified Chinese) as shown below:

Finally click the "OK" button.

You should end up with a "Chinese" entry under "Installed Services".

Finally click the "OK" button.

You may be asked to put your Windows Vista CD-ROM in the CD drive so that the relevant files can be copied across to your hard drive. NOTE: You can not install the IME without the CD (please do not email me to ask..!).

That's it. You should now see the IME icon in your task bar that has a Chinese option when it is clicked... like this:


How do I use the Chinese IME in Windows Vista?
  After you have select CH (Chinese) from the IME task bar menu the task bar look like this.....

If you have the Chinese IME selected as above and you right click on the CH you will bring up the Options Menu:

Choosing the Restore Language bar option will convert the IME into a floating toolbar with all the IME options visible:

Click on the Input Mode button (set to Chinese by default) will allow you to toggle the Input Mode between Pinyin and English. The keyboard shortcut for this is the left shift key.

 

The IME Pad button will bring up the IME Features menu. This includes hanzi by radical dialogue:

Here is a text box that will let you try the IME   .

   

Where can I get further help?

  You can email questions to imehelp@declansoftware.com.

NOTE: You can not install the IME without the Windows installation CD (Please do not email me to ask).



Installing the Chinese Fonts in Windows XP

How do I install Chinese fonts in Windows XP?

  This is the minimum required step to run Declan's Chinese Language Learning Software in Windows XP.

Users of Windows XP do not need to download the IME - it comes on the XP installation CD and just need to be manually installed.

Open the Control Panel (Click the "Start Menu" and chose the "Control Panel").
Then click the "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options" icon.

The select the "Add Other languages" task.

You should then see the "Regional and Language Options" dialog box as shown below.
Two things need to be done here:

    1.    Click on the "Install files for East Asian Languages" check box
            (This ensures that the correct fonts are installed).

    2.    Then click the "Details" button.
            You should then see the "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog box.

This is all you need to do to run Declan's Chinese Language Learning Software (ReadWrite Chinese, Chinese FlashCards and our Chinese-English Dictionary) - just click the OK button. You may be asked to reboot your machine.


How do I install the Chinese IME (Simplified)?

  While installing the Chinese fonts is sufficient if you only want to view Chinese characters in emails or when browsing the web, if you need to type in Chinese characters then you need to complete a couple of additional steps.

First return to the "Regional and Language Options" dialog box as we showed above. But this time click the "Details..." button in the "Text services and input languages" frame as shown below:

  That will bring up the "Text services and input languages" dialogue box. Now we need to add the Chinese IME. Click the "Add..." button in the "Installed services" frame:

  You should now see the "Add Input Language" dialog box as shown here:

  Now click the "Input language" drop down box and select "Chinese (PRC)".

While there are a number of other Chinese choices for Simplified Mandarin Chinese we recommend this one for its functionality and ease of use.

BTW - PRC stands for Peoples' Republic of China.

  Once you have select "Chinese PRC" click the "OK" button.

  Now you should see "Chinese (PRC)" as one of the listed Installed Services. Click the "OK" or "Apply" button to finish.

You may be asked to put your Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD drive so that the relevant files can be copied across to your hard drive. PLEASE NOTE: You can not install the IME without the CD (please do not email me to ask..!).

  Now we are ready to take the Chinese IME for a spin.

All installed IMEs are accessed through the the Windows Icon Tray. Here we see the EN signifying that the English Input Method is active.

  To view the other installed IMEs simply click in the EN icon. You should then see a popup listing all the other languages installed. Below we see in addition to several others we have the Chinese (PRC) IME available.

  If you go ahead a click the Chinese (PRC) item in the IME popup menu you will see a new active IME icon will display - namely the Chinese (PRC) IME signified by the CH icon.

NOTE: The Chinese IME will only become active if there is software running in the foreground and active that will accept Chinese input.

Here is a text box that will let you try:   .

 

  You can view the full IME menu bar by right clicking on the Chinese IME (CH) icon. An option popup will appear with a "Restore the Language  bar" item. Select this and the IME menu bar will appear...

  Here is what the IME menu bar will look like - floating some where on your Windows desktop.

Now we are ready to use the IME....


How do I use the Chinese (PRC) IME ?
  Now it is time to show you how to use the Chinese (PRC) IME.

Here is a text box that will let you try   . Alternatively you can use the Windows Notepad program, or your email program.

With the Chinese IME active (CH in the icon tray) type the letters "t" then "a" in the text box. You should see a small popup appear like this:.

  Now hit the space bar... The first candidate hanzi character will appear (in this case the character for "him" pronounced "ta1"). If that is the character you are after then just hit the enter key. Otherwise...

  If that is not the character you are after, then press the right arrow key, and the candidate list will appear as shown below. Here is access to all the Chinese characters written with a "ta" in PinYin. You can select the character you would like by typing its corresponding number or by using the mouse, or by using the up and down arrow keys to move along the candidate list.

NOTE:  you could have typed "ta" and then the pinyin tone if you had known it - that would have reduced number of choices in the candidate list to one characters pronounced with that tone.

  Here I have tapped the down arrow key 4 time to get to the fifth character in the candidate list.

  Once you have highlighted the character in the candidate list that you would like, then just hit the enter key.

Now you can just proceed on your merry way typing Chinese character by Chinese character....

 
The Chinese (PRC) IME has a pretty decent help file which you might like to look at for the advanced functionality of the IME. This can be access through the floating IME menu bar as can a number of other options including a Chinese phonetic keyboard which some people might prefer to this pinyin entry method.


Where can I get further help?

You can email questions to chinesefonts@declansoftware.com.


Installing the Chinese Fonts in Windows 2000
How do I install Chinese fonts in Windows 2000?
  This is the minimum required step to run Declan's Chinese Language Learning Software in Windows 2000.

Open the Control Panel (Click the "Start Menu" and chose the "Control Panel").
Then click the "Regional Options" icon.

The "Regional Options" dialog box will appear - be sure that the "General" tab is selected.

In the "Language setting for the system" frame, scroll down and select "Simplified Chinese" and "Traditional Chinese" and then click the "OK" button.

This is all you need to do to run Declan's Chinese Language Learning Software - just click the "OK" button. You may be asked to reboot your machine.


Where can I get further help?

  You can email questions to chinesefonts@declansoftware.com.
   

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