Keyboard search - input pinyin with tones, select from characters


I'm only starting to learn (simplified) Chinese, and currently am using the standard Windows "Microsoft Pinyin" input method, as well as "Google Input Tools" inside Chrome (on non-Windows boxes, to make it short).

They both work the same way - I enter the pinyin without tones, and a list of characters appears, from which I can select using 1-5 (or scroll through).

So, for "ta", I'm getting a list from 他她它 - all of which are ta1, however also 塔 - ta3.

What I'm looking for is a keyboard where I could input ta1 - and get ONLY ta1 results, not ta3.

I'm thinking it would be a useful addition to remembering the tones of characters.

Did anyone happen to come across one, or some alternative way?


February 20, 2019


Hold the letter for a long time to choose tā tá tà .

February 20, 2019

Thanks, however that's not exactly what I'm looking for :(. I'm searching for a pinyin keyboard that would permit searching for characters using tones too, and not for a keyboard to write those tones.

i.e. I write ta1 - I get only 他她它 etc. results - i.e. only characters that are pronounced tā

I type ta3 - I get only 塔獭 etc. - i.e. only characters that are pronounced tǎ

February 20, 2019

ok, i see maybe you can download a chinese app named "sougou""搜狗输入法" it will help

February 20, 2019

Thanks a lot, will give it a try! :)

February 20, 2019

I feel like that my computer came with that app, I had it since I was in China anyways.

February 22, 2019

I know your mean,without this keyboard At least I didn't find out it

February 20, 2019

The would be useful. I don't know anything though. Sorry!

February 20, 2019

In fact there is something called "Rime Input Method Engine"(, which is a framework for various IMEs so you can adopt one as you like, or even write one with not complicated code. Theoretically there can be an IME that satisfies any requirements under this framework; and as far as your question is concerned, you can choose one of its IMEs, 地球拼音(The Earth Pinyin), to type characters with pinyin with tone, where the four tone marks are - / < \ or ; / , > , because it is easy to type in the latter style.

February 24, 2019

I don't know if it's possoble, I sometime had to spend ages on finding a character that I end up using the Chinese dictionary that I got when I still lived in China.

February 22, 2019
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