8Steps Unihan Installation Instructions八步全汉输入法安装说明

You need to log on to the computer as an  Administrator to install a software. It is also a good idea to close all other programs during the installation phase.

Before you start to install the 8stepsunihan package, you must make sure your computer regional language has been set to “Chinese Traditional Array” (行表) in Chinese (Traditional Taiwan) category from the control panel.

See the picture below on the right hand side bottom box with pink highlight

General Chinese Fonts

To make full use of Unihan ver 8.0  characters set,   you need 8 Steps Unihan  simsun fonts  to display them. We provide a download of the latest Simsun ver 8  font via our Common Chinese Fonts Download 下载通用宋体.  These are 8stepA  for simplified Chinese users, 8stepB (MingLiu) for Traditional Chinese users, 8StepC(古汉) for Ancient Chinese users. 8 Steps Unihan Advanced package  provides Chinese calligraphy fonts which would allow you to display the character vertical. We may provide 金文体later (targeted in 2017).

Obtain the Installation File

Having set up your  regional language settings and download Unihan fonts you are now ready to download and install the  installation files.  A free trial version is available from our “Introductory Trial of 8StepsUnihan Package” page. To obtain downloads of advanced packages you need to establish an account and visit your download page there.


The installation program may request permission to “Make Change to your computer” . This is quite normal.  You will be offered a choice of languages for installer instructions.   You will be required to agree to the license conditions .  The default setting are generally work well.

At the end of the installation,  a program will run and request confirmation to enable changes to the standard text array.  “To provide eight steps functionality we have to make changes to your computer replacing the  standard chinese text array.”

If you do not wish for this to happen then you will not be able to use the keyboard to enter the 8 Steps Unihan full  characters set.

It is a good idea to to let the computer restart after completing  the installation.

It is very easy to select between the chinese and english fonts by tapping the shift key on your keyboard.