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Enabling Chinese On Your PC

Viewing Chinese

This information is for Windows only. Mac and *nix users, you’ll have to Google it up.

Pictures coming later.

Viewing Chinese on Your Computer (everything including browser)

Note: You must have a Windows CD handy. If not, you cannot proceed.

  1. First, make sure you’re using Windows, at least 95 or later. Preferably Windows XP.
  2. Go to your Control Panel, then click on Regional and Language Options
  3. Click the Languages tab. Under the section titled “Supplemental language support” there will be a check box next to “Install files for East Asian languages“. Check it.
  4. Now click Apply. This next part will require you to insert your CD copy of Windows, if you don’t already have the files. If you don’t have one available, see if you can borrow one from a friend. A last resort is to get a pirated copy so you can install the files.
  5. Your computer should now be able to read Chinese characters from within applications as well as your internet browser of choice.
  6. Open up your browser of choice and go to this page.
  7. If they are still showing up as boxes or question marks, then click on View, then Character Encoding (or Encoding), hover over Auto-Detect and select East Asian (or Chinese).
  8. Make sure that the resulting page does not have any random boxes or question marks. If there are, you may have to specifically choose a setting, such as Traditional Chinese.

For now, you do not need to type in Cantonese in order to use this site, but being able to do so is very helpful! I will have a section on typing in Chinese soon.

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