Download Google Chinese PinYin Input Method

Google Labs (China) announced the Google PinYin Input Method(谷歌 拼音输入法) for all Chinese users. Google Chinese PinYin Input Method toolbar Google PinYin Input Method is a free download for Windows users. Although Windows XP and Vista have built-in Chinese input method from Microsoft, Google PinYin Input Method has some unique features:

  • Smart sentence building – Google PinYin Input Method builds sentences for you, reduce the time to choose the correct words.
  • Popular words – Powered by Google database, Google PinYin Input Method automatically updates the latest buzz words in Internet.
  • Sync – You can sync your input habit and personalized words with Google account and apply it on other computer.
  • One-click search – It is Google. You can search any word directly from the Google PinYin Input Method toolbar
  • English input – Google PinYin Input Method gives English words suggestion when you type english characters. No need to switch input method.

Download Google PinYin Input Method


Q: How to switch to English mode? A: Press Shift keyboard shortcut.

My two cents

I do not know other Chinese input other than PinYin. It was a pain to build a sentence word by word, and switching between Chinese input and English input. The smart sentences building and English input are very useful features. Oh, another great tool from Google! 🙂

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55 Responses to Download Google Chinese PinYin Input Method

  1. Darren Huang May 5, 2007 at 11:01 pm #

    I am Chinese, and I am wondering if you are learning Chinese.

    There is another input method called “Wu Bi” input method.

    One can input the char not by the pronunciation, but the Heng Shu Pie Na Dian .

    forgive my broken English, I hope what I say can make some sence.

  2. LcF May 5, 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    @Darren: 你是说“五笔输入法”吧?那需要记口诀,我只会汉语拼音。

  3. Stan Yung May 21, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    I am not very good in pinyin because I am from Hong Kong. I have been searching for the easiest way to find character by using halfbaked pinyin. I may have found it from Google. Can some one advise me. I have tried Mainland’s sougo, but I could not down load it. The dialogue box keeps saying that my hard disk is damaged. My IT engineer says not every British Computer can take it! I got very fedup!

    Now, let’s try the Google download. If Google download is OK, then Google is voted as the the greatest on the market.

  4. may ooi June 19, 2007 at 11:49 am #


  5. ZENG July 7, 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    我下载google pinyin 后,没有toolbar出来,所以没法用,有那位能指教如何在屏
    幕上看到google pinyind的toolbar。谢谢

  6. leo August 5, 2007 at 6:56 am #

    I will have a try to google IME 🙂

  7. Peter August 17, 2007 at 10:58 pm #

    I’ve always found it difficult to find a decent input method for traditional Chinese.

    In Taiwan the usual is to learn the phonetic symbols kids here learn at school, but anyone else learning Chinese will use pinyin.

    Had to mess around because I can’t read the simplified Chinese in the instructions very well. I managed to get it to stick to traditional characters.

    Anyways, great tool, I’ve used it with no hassles so far.

  8. gzhang September 1, 2007 at 7:29 am #

    我下载google pinyin 后,没有toolbar出来,所以没法用,有那位能指教如何在屏
    幕上看到google pinyind的toolbar。谢谢

  9. rebecca September 14, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    how do i switch btwn english and chinese? i press the shift key and it doesnt work

  10. billy September 20, 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    我下载google pinyin 后,没有toolbar出来,所以没法用,有那位能指教如何在屏
    幕上看到google pinyind的toolbar。谢谢 我們都有一樣的問題

  11. shirley September 25, 2007 at 9:08 pm #

    it doesnot work, for the same reason billy mentioned

  12. Laurent Desbois September 26, 2007 at 8:31 pm #

    I have downloaded google pinyin.

    How do I replace Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0?

  13. Delphine October 9, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Dear Rebacca

    Just press Alt -Shift to toggle between English and Chinese pinyin.

  14. Shann October 17, 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    I am also encountering problem with no tool bar appearing even after downloading, any kind soul out there that can advise me? Thanks a million

  15. xiaoming October 23, 2007 at 3:46 am #

    Ctrl + Space

    Switch between English input and Chinese input.

  16. Sophie November 8, 2007 at 5:03 am #

    it doesn’t work – after downloading and rebooting for several times, nothing seems to happen – don’t know where to get to start to use the tool. It’s frustrating! I see some other folks have the same problem.

  17. simon December 1, 2007 at 5:15 pm #

    tats good…
    i like….

  18. locoln^^ December 4, 2007 at 1:25 am #

    u dont know how but i know if dont know please see her ^^ u need press Alt+ Shift and u can see the toolbar ^^ tq tq

  19. Grace December 7, 2007 at 11:45 pm #

    Where is the toolbar??
    i cant find it…

  20. Tony January 2, 2008 at 3:44 am #

    Check control panel->regional and language options->Language tab->Details->language bar->show language bar on desktop

    As far as switching between English and Chinese, I used left shit key.

  21. wendy January 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    this is kinda good
    but then should have 1 more lang.
    traditional chinese..
    cos im finding
    im finding for traditional chinese & sim. chinese
    but i cant find
    anybdy knw where got these kind of program can dl for both lang?

    pls send msg to me
    wendykhor123 at hotmail dot com

  22. carlos January 26, 2008 at 12:58 am #

    I am having the same problem with Google Pinyin not appearing when pressing either of the combination of keys. The “google pinyin” keyboard does not appear in the “language settiings” of the control panel either. This is happeining b/c Google Pinyin is installed under a non-admin account under windows. i f I log in with the admin account it works fine. I need to know how to fix this for non-admin accounts in a work environment. Any help is appreciated.

  23. Krycek February 3, 2008 at 12:27 am #

    My Google Pinyin choices shown in the selection box are coming out as square boxes what do I need to do to have it display Chinese characters. I have tried changint the IE encoding setting but nothing changed.


  24. GundamDX February 3, 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    Following on from the advice above, for all of you that have downloaded the software and cannot see the toolbar because the Language Bar is disabled, ensure that you go to the Advanced tab of Text Services and Input Languages and uncheck the System Configuration (Turn off advanced text services).

    Hope that helps

  25. Simon February 19, 2008 at 2:17 am #

    如何看见Google汉字输入法的language bar
    How to use Google Pinyi

    我刚才安装后也看不见输入法的language bar,不过解决了。方法如下,供参考。

    其实输入法已经安装上了,主要的原因是没有设置快捷键以切换language bar出来。

    (1) Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options
    (2) Language -> Details -> Settings -> Key Settings
    (3) Set the hot keys

  26. Kwong February 25, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks Simon,

    I found that when you set the hot keys, you really only need to change “Switch between input methods”

    I used ctrl+space.. once google pinyin comes up, you can then use “shift” to toggle between english/chinese after that.

  27. kelli March 14, 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    i tried the way Kwong said but after setting hot keys, the google pinyin still do not come up. Really wonder why and how to fix it.

  28. steve March 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Simon and Kwong:
    I am trying to follow the sequence, but after Setting, the Key setting on my computer was in the shades that i can not chose it.
    Please advice, appreciate, it.

    (1) Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options
    (2) Language -> Details -> Settings -> Key Settings
    (3) Set the hot keys

    Also each time I tried to open the program, it always says “A similar or earlier version exists, go you want to continue” then after a few choices, it goes back nothing happens

  29. Kwong March 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Steve and Kelli,

    Sorry, can’t give much more info except for the fact that I am using Windows XP and it works.

    I do have another problem though… can anyone input pinyin into Powerpoint 07? Apparantly it has a bug?

  30. Wyatt April 9, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    I have the same problem as Krycek, everything displays as little boxes even though I can read chinese fine elsewhere.

  31. TSL April 29, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    I installed the tool but I cannot find it on my explorer window. How to active it? I did try to press CTRL+SHIFT, SHIFT+SPACE, CTRL+SPACE, still cannot find it.

  32. Francesca May 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    For bringing up the Google Pinyin IME toolbar:

    Here’s what worked for me (on Vista, with MS IME as default): change language input (bottom toolbar) from EN to CH. Cursor on the MS/PY log on bottom toolbar then pulls up a menu with the Google Pinyin logo. Click on that and the Google Pinyin toolbar appears.

  33. Laurent Desbois June 3, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    I have a French version of vista.
    Google Pinyin does not work.
    How can I correct this to use Google Pinyin on a French version

  34. LXQ June 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    I am using the Windows Vista Home Basic software on my computer.I tried going to the Regional and Language Options but I cannot find the Language tab.Even if the input comes out,(it only come out for twice and only for a moment)the first time was okay.But the second time,when I select the CH,alot of different button comes out from there and it disappear.Now,I can’t even find the input.

  35. ~chi-yan~ July 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    is there a way or a software where i can learn how to do the pinyin or a software that does traditional chinese?? *please help* *sob* ^^

  36. KC July 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Is there any way to set Google Pinyin to traditional chinese? Or does that depends on where I downloaded it from? Please advice anyone, Thank You!!

  37. KC July 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    Nevermind, I figured it out. you have to press property in the tools bar and there is a option for traditional characters. or you can use the short cut of clt+shift+t.

  38. Longze July 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Nice Information, i have been looking for Pinyin to translate english to chinese.. Thumbs Upz dude

  39. min July 25, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    A short summary, by default on WindowsXP, for the hotkeys

    Alt + Shift –> toggle between English and Chinese pinyin

    Ctrl + Space –> Switch between English input and Chinese input

    clt + shift + t –> Switch between Simple and Trandition Chinese input

  40. shin's July 29, 2008 at 9:04 pm #


  41. LcF July 30, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    @shin’s: yes, you can set google pinyin to input traditional chinese

  42. ~chi-yan~ July 31, 2008 at 1:43 am #

    你可以打繁體字的! 你打: Alt-shift-t 啦!

  43. King August 30, 2008 at 10:11 am #

  44. LcF September 1, 2008 at 3:29 am #

    @King: download from

  45. RBB September 9, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    When will Google include Chinese character to pinyin translate option on its language tools web page?

  46. Big AL October 2, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    A good tool. You can use it in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.
    Need to have a table for Chinese word in Pinyin (for example, the word 输 is shu, 入 is ru, etc

  47. Tzen October 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    I can`t use the google pin yin in anyplace…
    when i click in the file.. the pin yin gone… can`t type chinese word..

    how secured this? pls help pls

  48. Tzen October 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    wrg wrg… i can use in folder … but can`t use inside game… website… n msn…

  49. xuanhui November 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    yes,thanks but i can’t find any way to dowload the chinese typing microsoft word?

  50. LcF November 10, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Google Chinese PinYin can be used on other software like Microsoft Word.

  51. Dimitris November 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm #

    你好, I have the same issue reported earlier, with the square blocks showing up instead of the chinese characters when I try to input chinese.
    If I select any of the boxes then the corresponding chinese character gets inserted in my doc/msn/explorer window (this is how I typed ni hao in this comment), but this “blind” selection is not very practical…
    Any solutions to this problem? I am running on Windows 2003 SP2. On my XP laptop it works without problems.
    Thanks in advance!

  52. Dimitris November 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    OK fixed it! Go to Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Languages tab and check “Install files for East Asian Languages”. It will prompt you for the installation CD and then all will be OK.
    Or almost OK, I had to uninstall Google PinYin IME, reapply SP2, then install Google PinYin IME again and then it worked 😀
    So if you have this problem I would suggest you uninstall the IME first, then add support for the East Asian Languages, reapply the latest service pack and then install Google PinYin IME again.
    Have fun!

  53. LcF November 13, 2008 at 1:46 am #

    @Dimitris: thanks for the tips 🙂

  54. cil November 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    i want cancel google ime, bcoz i already download goole pinyin staller,but i want open goole pinyin, there say i have goole ime exists in system, can not use, have a everyboby can help me

  55. lishuangshuang October 8, 2009 at 4:29 am #

    chinese pinyin

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