How to Change a Microsoft Word Font to Chinese

By Andrew Tennyson

Learn how to make Chinese the default editing language in Microsoft Word. Also learn how to add different Chinese font faces to your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows installation disk

Microsoft Word has native support for a wide variety of languages, including Chinese, and all Microsoft Office programs come with a limited selection of Chinese fonts. You can also install additional Chinese fonts to expand your font selection. Start by setting Chinese as the default editing language to simplify the process of working with it in Word.

Make Chinese the Default Editing Language

Step 1

Click the File tab on the main menu in Word and then select Options to open the Word Options panel. Depending on the size of your computer screen, you may have to scroll down to reveal the Options button.

Step 2

Click Language.

Select Language on the main menu on Word's left Options panel.

Step 3

Select Chinese and click Add.

Scroll down to the Choose Editing Languages section, click the Add Additional Editing Languages drop-down menu, select Chinese (Taiwan) or Chinese (PRC) and then click the Add button.

Step 4

Select Chinese and click Set As Default.

Click your selected version of Chinese on the Choose Editing Languages list and then click the Set as Default button.

Step 5

Restart Word to finish setting Chinese as your new default editing language.


Use the Settings charm to switch your keyboard to Chinese in order to tap into all of Microsoft Word's Chinese typing capabilities. Point your mouse to the bottom-right corner of your screen, click Settings and then choose Change PC Settings. Click Time and Language, select Region and Language and then choose Add a Language. Locate Chinese and add it to your list. Follow the prompts to download the language pack, if necessary.

Once you've added the language, select it from the list of available languages, click Options, select Add a Keyboard and select the Chinese keyboard layout you want to use.

Install Additional Chinese Fonts

Step 1

Download free Chinese fonts to your computer from websites such as Pinyin Joe, WAZU or Certified Chinese Translation.


Make a note of where on your computer you save the downloaded font files.

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to extract its contents.

Step 3

Click the Install button.

Double-click the extracted font file to open the Windows font installer and then click the Install button to finish adding the font to your library.


If Word is already open when you install a new font, restart the program to make the new font available for use.