Chinese Input???

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  1. laplee macrumors newbie

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    Guys,
    I tried to use Microsoft Word
    and input Chinese;
    but somethings weired happen,
    e.g.
    1. the cursor automatically goes down to another line
    when the words only occupy half of the line;
    2. can't change from traditional chinese to simplified chinese
    easily by just clicking a button ...

    anyone can help???

    thanks!!!
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    In order for people to help you, please tell us which version of OS X you're using, as well as which version of Microsoft Word.
     
  3. laplee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my mac is ...

    OS 10.4.3
    the microsoft word is
    Word X for Mac

    thanks.
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    There is no automatic translation from Traditional to Simplified Chinese but if you're talking about switching from one to the other, you can use command-spacebar to walk through the various choices in the language menu.

    I'd say that there are issues with MS Word and Chinese but I can't test that. I've had good luck with Chinese and Japanese in MSN Messenger so MS apparently know how to do it correctly. Do you have all the correct languages selected in the MS Word preferences? Also, you may want to try a different font to see if that improves the space usage.
     
  5. annk Administrator

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    Word and Chinese input don't mix - the problem gets even worse when you try to edit. I've gone over to using Text Edit, it works beautifully. If you have to mail docs written in Chinese to a Word user, just save as pdf (from the print menu in Text Edit). I can open Word docs in Text Edit and the characters show fine and can be edited easily, but it doesn't work if you try to open a Chinese file made in TE, in Word.

    But if you need a program with more possibilites, you can use Nisus Writer, Neo Office, Apple Works and probably lots of others as well. Just stay away from Word when you're writing in Chinese.

    The Chinese Text Converter that came with my Mac seems to have stopped working with the latest OS update, but you can convert between simplified and traditional with Dim Sum (http://www.mandarintools.com/dimsum.html), or you can get Wenlin (expensive but fantastic, www.wenlin.com) or Clavis Sinica (the poor man's Wenlin, but still good, at http://www.clavisinica.com/).
     
  6. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Just another suggestion, perhaps Pages would be useful as well?
     
  7. annk Administrator

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    I did a REALLY fast check in Pages, it seems to behave fine, too :)
     

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