Format Chinese, Japanese or Korean text in Pages on Mac
You can enter text in many different languages, and use several different writing systems for Chinese, Japanese and Korean, using the international keyboards available on your Mac. Pages provides some language-specific text-formatting features, including emphasis styles, list styles and phonetic guides.
For best results, use these recommended fonts:
Simplified Chinese: PingFang SC
Traditional Chinese for Taiwan: PingFang TC
Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong and Macao: PingFang HK
Korean: Apple SD Gothic Neo
Japanese: Hiragino Sans (sans serif) or Hiragino Mincho (serif)
Important: The instructions below assume you set up at least one Chinese, Japanese or Korean keyboard on your Mac. To set up international keyboards, do one of the following:
macOS Ventura 13 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Settings > Keyboard, click Edit to the right of Input Sources, then click to add a new language.
macOS 12 or earlier: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Keyboard, click Input Sources, then click to add a new language.
Add Chinese or Japanese emphasis marks
You can add emphasis marks that are commonly used with Chinese or Japanese text. For example, using a Chinese keyboard, you can apply Boten dots below or above the text, or a wavy underline. With Japanese text, you can add plain dots or sesame dots.
Use a Chinese, Japanese or Korean list style
You can apply Chinese, Japanese and Korean list styles (specifically, the bullet style or numbering system) to a list written in any language.
Select the list items with the numbering or lettering you want to change.
In the Format sidebar, click the Text tab, then click the Style button below the Text tab.
Click the pop-up menu next to Bullets & Lists and choose Numbered.
Click the disclosure arrow next to Bullets & Lists (to open it), click the pop-up menu above Tiered Numbers, then choose a number or letter sequence.
The formatting options depend on which keyboards are set up.
Use China mainland government standard font sizes
When you change the region setting on your Mac to China mainland, the China mainland government standard font sizes appear in the Pages font size pop-up menu, along with the standard font sizes. This allows you to easily change Chinese text in your document to prescribed sizes.
To change the region setting, do one of the following:
macOS Ventura 13 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Settings, click General in the sidebar, then click Language & Region. Click the Region pop-up menu, then choose Asia > “China mainland”.
macOS 12 or earlier: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Language & Region, then click General. Click the Region pop-up menu, then choose Asia > “China mainland”.
If your document was open when you changed this setting, close the document and reopen it.
Click the font size pop-up menu, then choose a size.