Numbers for iPhone: Format Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text in a Numbers spreadsheet

Format Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text in a Numbers spreadsheet

You can enter text in many different languages, including several different writing systems for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, using the international keyboards available on your mobile device. When you set up any of the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean keyboards on your device, Numbers 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 Macau: PingFang HK

  • Korean: Apple SD Gothic Neo

  • Japanese: Hiragino Sans (sans serif) or Hiragino Mincho (serif)

Important: The instructions below assume you’ve set up at least one Chinese, Japanese, or Korean keyboard on your device. To set up international keyboards, open Settings on your device, tap General > Keyboard > Keyboards, then add a new keyboard.

Add Chinese, Japanese, or Korean emphasis marks

You can add emphasis marks that are commonly used with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean 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.

  1. Switch your keyboard to a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean keyboard.

  2. Select the characters you want to format, then tap the Format button.

  3. Tap Text, then tap an emphasis mark button.

    The formatting options depend on which keyboards are set up.

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.

  1. Select the list items with the numbering or lettering you want to change.

  2. Tap the Format button, then tap Text or Cell.

  3. Tap Bullets & Lists, then tap a list style.

    The formatting options depend on which keyboards are set up.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2019
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