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Conversion candidate window UI, showing conversion candidates of “ㄋㄧˇ(su3)”.

The Conversion candidate window offers candidates whose strokes match what you type.  

General operations

At this state

Press this key

To do this

Before focus enters the candidate window

Down arrow 

Enter the candidate window.

Up arrow

Change to another candidate without opening the candidate window.

With focus inside the candidate window

Down arrow

Move the selection down.

Up arrow

Move the selection up.

Space

Page down.

Tab

Expand to table view.

Right arrow

Expand to table view.

Number

Select the corresponding candidate.

Enter

Select the focused candidate.

Other features

  • IME suggests the Bopomofo reading of what you type at the last candidate in the candidate window.

  • If your key sequence does not match with Bopomofo combinations, IME can automatically change what you type in Chinese mode to Alphanumeric characters. To use this feature, turn on Automatically change key sequence in Chinese mode to Alphanumeric characters in IME settings > General.

Associate phrase window UI, showing  candidates after selecting “好” from conversion candidate window.

The Associate phrase window offers associated candidates relevant to what you select from the Conversion candidate window. You can select a candidate by pressing Shift + number.

Prerequisite: Turn on Prompt associated phrases of the input characters in IME settings > General.

General operations

Press this key

To do this

Space

Page down.

Shift + number

Select the corresponding candidate.

IME tool bar UI, showing IME mode button, character width button, IME pad entry, and Setting button.

IME supports a UI called IME toolbar which offers an alternate way to quickly invoke specific IME functions. The IME toolbar is the UI renewed from the language bar.

To open the IME toolbar, right-click the IME mode icon in the notification area, then select Show/hide IME toolbar.

Keyboard shortcuts

IME offers keys or combinations of keys to use IME functions.

Press this key

To do this

Shift

Switch between English and Chinese mode.

Shift + Space

Switch character width between full-width and half-width.

Ctrl + symbol (e.g., Ctrl + comma)

Insert the corresponding full-width symbol.

Note: If a symbol corresponds to a shifted key, you need to press Shift before pressing the symbol key. (e.g., Ctrl + Shift + ? to insert “?”)

Backquote (`) + symbol key (e.g., Backquote + comma)

Insert the corresponding full-width symbol.

Note: If a symbol corresponds to a shifted key, you need to press Shift before pressing the symbol key. (e.g., Backquote + Shift + ? to insert “?”)
Effective in Chinese mode.

Ctrl + Alt + comma

Show the symbol keyboard. You can insert a symbol by continuously pressing a corresponding key.

Note: Effective in Chinese mode.

Backquote (`) + U + Unicode + Space

Insert a corresponding character (e.g., Backquote + U + “4e00” + Space to insert "一").

Note: Effective in Chinese mode.

Backquote (`) + B + Big5 codepoint

Insert a corresponding character (e.g., Backquote + B + “A440” to insert "一").

Note: Effective in Chinese mode.

IME settings

Find IME settings in Windows 11

  1. Select Start , then select Settings  > Time & language  > Language & region.

  2. Scroll down and select  for one of the following:

    • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Macao SAR)

  3. Select Language options.

  4. In the Keyboards section, select  for Microsoft Bopomofo.

    Note: If you don't see this option, you can select Add a keyboard and select Microsoft Bopomofo to add it to the Keyboards section.

  5. Select Keyboard options.

Note: You can also search “IME settings” in the Search on the taskbar.

Find IME settings in Windows 10

  1. Select Start , then select Settings  > Time & language  > Language.

  2. Scroll down and select one of the following:

    • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Macao SAR)

  3. Select Options.

  4. Scroll down, select Microsoft Bopomofo and then select Options.

Note: You can also search “IME settings” in the Search on the taskbar, or press Settings in the context menu (right-click menu) of the IME mode icon in the notification area.

Key customization

With IME, you can customize a keyboard layout in IME settings > Key assignment. For Windows 11 and Windows 10 (as of the October 2020 Update), IME supports the following layouts.

  • Standard
    Keyboard with Standard layout applied.

  • HanYu Pinyin
    You can use the HanYu Pinyin layout in one of the following ways.

    • Type HanYu Pinyin followed by a tone. (e.g., Type “zhu4yin1” to get “注音”)
       

      Note: The number 1 to 5 keys represent the four tones and the neutral tone.

    • Type HanYu Pinyin without tones, and then press Enter or Space to convert. (e.g., Type “zhuyin” and press Enter / Space to get “注音”)

    • Type HanYu Pinyin followed by Space as a tone wildcard, and then press Enter or Space to convert. (e.g., Type “zhu yin “ and press Enter / Space to get “注音”)

  • Eten
    Keyboard with Eten layout applied.

  • Taiwan Pinyin
    You can use Taiwan Pinyin layout in one of the following ways.

    • Type Taiwan Pinyin followed by a tone. (e.g., Type “jhu4yin1” to get “注音”)
       

      Note: The number 1 to 5 keys represent the four tones and the neutral tone.

    • Type Taiwan Pinyin without tones, and then press Enter or Space to convert. (e.g. Type “jhuyin” and press Enter / Space to get “注音”)

    • Type Taiwan Pinyin followed by Space as a tone wildcard, and then press Enter or Space to convert. (e.g. Type “jhu yin “ and press Enter / Space to get “注音”)

How can I give feedback?

If you encounter any problems or have suggestions regarding Microsoft IME, please give us feedback through the Feedback Hub. You can open the Feedback Hub from Send feedback in the context menu (right-click menu) of the IME mode icon in the notification area or click here. Your feedback goes directly to our engineers working to improve IME. For more on steps for providing feedback, please refer to Send feedback with the feedback hub app.

Compatibility

Microsoft Bopomofo IME was renewed as of Windows 10 October 2020 Update (Version 2004) and is also available with Windows 11. IME supports a compatibility setting in IME settings > General. If you encounter issues with the new IME, you can enable the previous version of IME by turning on Use previous version of Microsoft Bopomofo. We'll continue to improve the new IME, so please consider filing feedback to help us deliver great features.

User interface

The Conversion candidate window offers candidates whose strokes match what you type.

General operations

Press this key

To do this

Down arrow

Move the selection down.

Up arrow

Move the selection up.

Space

Page down.

Tab

Expand to table view.

Right arrow

Expand to table view.

Number

Select the corresponding candidate.

Enter

Select the focused candidate.

The Associate phrase window offers associated candidates relevant to what you type. You can select a candidate by pressing Shift + number.

General operations

Press this key

To do this

Space

Page down.

Shift + number

Select the corresponding candidate.

IME settings

Find IME settings in Windows 11

  1. Select Start , then select Settings  > Time & language  > Language & region.

  2. Scroll down and select  for one of the following:

    • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Macao SAR)

  3. Select Language options.

  4. In the Keyboards section, select  for one of the following options:

    • Microsoft ChangJie

    • Microsoft Quick

      Note: If you don't see these options, you can select Add a keyboard and select the one you want to add to the Keyboards section.

  5. Select Keyboard options.

Note: You can also search “IME settings” in the Search on the taskbar.

Find IME settings in Windows 10

  1. Select Start , then select Settings  > Time & language  > Language.

  2. Scroll down and select one of the following:

    • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)

    • Chinese (Traditional, Macao SAR)

  3. Select Options.

  4. Scroll down, select Microsoft ChangJie or Microsoft Quick and then select Options.

Note: You can also search “IME settings” in the Search on the taskbar, or press Settings in the context menu (right-click menu) of the IME mode icon in the notification area.

How can I give feedback?

If you encounter any problems or have suggestions regarding Microsoft IME, please give us feedback through the Feedback Hub. You can open the Feedback Hub from Send feedback in the context menu (right-click menu) of the IME mode icon in the notification area or click here. Your feedback goes directly to our engineers working to improve IME. For more on steps for providing feedback, please refer to Send feedback with the feedback hub app.

Compatibility

Microsoft ChangJie IME and Quick IME was renewed as of Windows 10 October 2020 Update (Version 2004) and is also available with Windows 11. IME supports a compatibility setting in IME settings > General. If you encounter issues with the new IME, you can enable the previous version of IME by turning on Use previous version of Microsoft ChangJie or Use previous version of Microsoft Quick. We'll continue to improve the new IME, so please also consider filing feedback to help us deliver great input experience to you.

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