How to select Traditional Chinese in the Google Pinyin tool

Update (11 May 2010): Josh (in the comments below) alerted me to a shortcut to switch between traditional and simplified input, just use ctrl+shift+t to switch. Thanks Josh

I got a request from Rebecca, who found a comment that I had made about installing the Google Pinyin tool. She emailed me and asked me to show her how to change the google input method tool to Traditional Chinese. I’m chuffed someone asked so nicely. So here you go…

For those who want it go to and click on the “big blue button” to download it.

Install it the usual way. And continue when finished.

For Newer Windows

From the language bar, click the “EN”, then select “Chinese (Simplified, PRC)” to change the language.

Select "Chinese Traditional (PRC)"
Select “Chinese (Simplified, PRC)”

The Google Pinyin toolbar will appear.

Click the menu button.

Click the "Settings" Icon
Click the “Menu” Icon

Then click the settings menu item shown below.

Click on "Settings"
Click on “Settings”

Select the fifth tab then make sure the second option (for Traditional Chinese) is checked.

Select "Traditional Chinese"
Select “Traditional Chinese”

Click “Apply” to apply the changes, or “OK” to apply and exit the options page.

For Windows XP

From the language bar, click the “EN”, then select “Chinese (PRC)” to change the language.

From the language bar, select "Chinese (PRC)"

The Google language bar appears.

Right click the blue ball part of the Google bar, and select the item shown.

Select the options menu choice

Select the fourth tab.

Check the “Traditional Chinese” option.

Click “Apply” to apply the changes, or “OK” to apply and exit the options page.

Select the traditional Chinese option

All done!

All the characters that appear when using the tool should now be Traditional Chinese. The characters in all the menus and options remain in Simplified Chinese.

Rebecca, enjoy.

11 thoughts on “How to select Traditional Chinese in the Google Pinyin tool”

  1. Thanks so much! I have trouble reading chinese, yet I still type chinese (traditional, anyway). Appreciate your time and effort!

    1. My pleasure. I found it very frustrating not being able to get it working. It is a very useful tool, but assumes that you’re an advanced Chinese speaker to get it going. I’m glad it worked for you.

  2. Thanks for that! I somehow managed to switch into traditional and wanted to get back into Simplified. The dialog seems to have changed slightly, the checkbox is now the third item on the tab.

  3. Thank you so much! After hours and hours of battling with Windows 7 (the language bar never appears, and so neither traditional nor simplified input is possible), this post finally allowed me to type in Chinese in Windows 7! If I could send you a fruit basket, I would.

  4. Apparently ctrl+shift+t is a shortcut for switching between the dictionaries too!
    I think the best would be to have both options on the language bar (like in your screenshot) but have them both go to Google’s IME but with different settings. I’ll probably forget this shortcut by the next time I want to use it.

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