How to Write With Chinese Characters in Microsoft Word

By Sam N. Austin

Microsoft Office Word 2003 provides support for writing in various languages. You can configure Word to allow you to write in languages that use ideographic characters such as Japanese as well as languages that are written right-to-left such as Thai. Word allows you to choose between multiple versions of a single language such as Simplified and Traditional Chinese. You must first configure Windows if you want to write with Chinese characters in Microsoft Word.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP product installation CD

Step 1

Configure Windows XP to support Chinese characters. Click Start > Control Panel > Date, Time, Language Options. This opens the Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options window.

Step 2

Click the "Add other languages" link. This opens the Regional and Language Options window.

Step 3

Click the "Languages" tab, then check the box next to "Install files for East Asian languages." Microsoft includes Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean in the set of East Asian Languages. Windows will open a dialog box asking you to confirm the installation. Click the "OK" button in the dialog box.

Step 4

Click the "Apply" button in the Regional and Language Options window. Windows will install the needed files. Insert the Windows XP product installation disc in your computer's CD drive if prompted. Click the "OK" button when the process is finished.

Step 5

Configure Microsoft Word. Click Start > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings. This runs the setup process for the Language Settings window.

Step 6

Verify that Chinese is in the "Available Languages" list. Click the "OK" button to close the window and complete the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • The operating system directions described apply only to Windows XP. Different directions apply to other operating systems such as Windows Vista or Mac OS X.