Software for putting tone marks on pinyin text?

Is there some software that will let me type pinyin text including the tone marks, like "Mā má mǎ mà"? I got that text by typing English into Google Translate and copying and pasting the pinyin text from the Google Translate window. How can I type pinyin directly on an English keyboard and get the tone marks?

Aug 6, 2014 7:35 PM
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I suggest 搜狗(SouGou) typing software.

āáǎà īíǐì ōóǒò ūúǔù

August 7, 2014

If you are using Windows, a great option is to use PinyinTones:



If you type this: ma1 ma2 ma3 ma4

After you type each digit, the digit is removed and the tone is added: mā má mǎ mà


This has been far and away the simplest way I have found to add tones.

August 6, 2014

@Alister: Thanks, I'll give that a try.


@Walter: Before I load Sogou on my machine, can you confirm that it provides a convenient way to type Pinyin with tone marks? That's all I really want right now. Thanks!

August 7, 2014


Sogou Pinyin for Ubuntu 12.04 & 14.04

August 7, 2014

I see what you mean about WordPad in Windows 7.  However, you can use Notepad++ instead.  It is free, extremely popular, and works perfectly with PinYin Tones.  I've created a little instruction manual for you:



I hope this helps.

August 7, 2014
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