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FAQ: Resizing the Windows Chinese Traditional (Taiwan/HK/Macau)
IME Candidate List

Getting Chinese to Work in Windows Shouldn't Be This Hard...


The Chinese characters in the Windows Chinese Traditional "Microsoft New Phonetic" IME candidate list are really tiny! Is there a way to adjust the size of the text in this window?

Yes, this feature has been standard in all versions of Windows since Vista. It was introduced with the Microsoft New Phonetic 2003 update for Windows XP SP2 and is also in the 2010 update Windows XP SP3.

Taiwan candidate list normal vs. large font


Input method menuIn Windows 10 and 8.1 you need to find the classic control panel I describe in the next section below.

If you have already made the switch to the old-style toolbar menu, you can skip to the Windows 7/Vista/XP instructions below.

If not, then go to the language menus, select "Language Preferences", and continue with the instructions in this section:

In Windows 10 you'll now be in the new "Time & Language" panel, in the "Region & language" section. At the bottom of the panel, under "Related Settings", click "Additional date, time, and regional settings", then click "Language".

In Windows 8.1 you will already be in the Language control panel.

Select "Options" for Traditional Chinese (or double-click/tap anywhere in that area):

Windows 10 Language control panel - Traditional Chinese HK

Then in the Language Options panel, under Input method, select "Options" for Microsoft Bopomofo:

Windows 10 Language Options panel - MS Bopomofo options

Now you can proceed with the next step.



Selecting the Chinese Traditional Tool Menu, PropertiesIn Windows 7/Vista/XP go to the Tool menu on the Language band or bar.

Select "Properties" from the Tool menu.

(If you see two "Tool" menus, select the one with the arrow icon because the other is for speech tools.)

This will take you directly to the settings panel for this input method.




In the settings panel for Microsoft Bopomofo (formerly New Phonetic), in the "General" tab, there is a setting for the candidate list font UI settings.

Here it is in Windows XP,

Changing the candidate list font size in Microsoft New Phonetic 2003 it is in Vista,

Changing the font size in the Taiwan/traditional IME Windows 7, an "Extra-Large font" accessibility option was added for the visually-impaired,

Taiwan IME extra large font selectionTaiwan IME Extra Large font in Candidate List

...and it's all still there in Windows 8 and later.

Windows 8 Traditional Chinese candidate font size



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