How to Put a Pinyin Phonetic Guide in PowerPoint

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How to Put a Pinyin Phonetic Guide in PowerPoint
Install the Simple Fast or New Experience 2010 updates for Pinyin Phonetic Guides. (Kevin Phillips/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Phonetic guides are a feature of the Microsoft Office Language Packs, a download that you can purchase online at the Microsoft website and that integrate with your existing PowerPoint program (see Resources). Both simplified and traditional Chinese are a language options in the pack, however a separate program update is required for Pinyin to display properly in the phonetic guide. This update is published by Microsoft and is free to download; once installed you can use it with all the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint.

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  1. 1

    Visit Microsoft's update page to access the Simple Fast 2010 and New Experience 2010 updates (see Resources). Click the "Immediate Download" button in the far right of the screen.

  2. 2

    Select one or both of the Simple Fast 2010 (blue) and New Experience 2010 (red) options.

  3. 3

    Follow the installation instructions in the installation wizard (Instructions will vary with your system and your versions of Windows).

  4. 4

    Open PowerPoint and click the Chinese language tab in the navigation ribbon at the top of your screen.

  5. 5

    Select the phonetic guide option.

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