For those of us who wish to write Chinese on English Operating Systems, but run into problems/ inconveniences in Windows 7 or even 10:
Best & Easiest Solution:
- Download a third-party app Handwriting IME, from Chinese companies, on the Chinese Web.
- It can be a bit risky online, finding trusted IME downloads, You should only download from the original company, being careful not to be fooled by URLs that have the company name before the .com but aren’t actually from that company. Go to QQ.com, and browse from there, or Sougu, or Baidu, etc, and be careful you’re not just in the search results for the entire web. Also beware of any high-speed downloads or software helpers etc. Better make sure you have good Internet Protection Installed. I use ESET, and it throws up warnings like crazy on the Chinese web. Baidu has been notoriously dishonest since its beginning, though its widely used in China, and I have used it myself. QQ & Sogou seem to be the best, but things can change rapidly, so use your best judgement.
- When you do find a good Handwriting IME, save it forever. I still use my Google Pinyin IMEs from the past, before Google stopped letting people use them, and they’re always changing, and 99% of the time its for the worse, these days, ever since Android set a new standard in sneaky shady programming behavior lauded by the developers of the apps themselves during bouts of patting each other on the back for finding new ways to trick people, really. I have QQ & Google and Sogou & Kingsoft stuff that I’ve had since 2003 even. I consider these archived programs to be amongst my most valued possessions, and I prioritize these folders whenever backing up or transferring to new drives etc.
- I currently use the Sogou mouse handwriting input method 1.0 ( 搜狗鼠标手写输入法 1.0). its free and Portable so it doesn’t even need to be installed on your PC to run
- Make sure you have “Chinese (Simplified) – Microsoft Pinyin New Experience” IME added in your languages and input methods.
- Add “Taiwanese Traditional New Phonetic”, in your list of Inputs, as it gives you the Simplified Chinese Database for Handwriting Recognition as well.
- Make sure your cursor is in a place you can enter text, then switch to your Chinese Pinyin Input, Click on IME in the toolbar, and right click on the dictionary and open settings and add “Handwriting (CH)” and save and close.
- You can remove the Taiwan IME after you have it working, if you want
If you have any other problems not getting Handwriting CH as an option, you can try this:
- Open an elevated command prompt and Paste the following:
- regsvr32 c:\Windows\System32\IME\IMETC10\applets\IMTCCAC.dll
- Hit Enter and wait for it to give you a dialog box about Succeeding
- Restart if Necessary
Google Translate has a built-in Chinese Handwriting Pad, if you click the little arrow at the bottom right of the input box and click on “Chinese (Simplified, China) – Handwrite”. A pad will appear and you can write with your mouse or external pad or on your touch screen. You can grab the top left and drag it anywhere you want.