Setting Up Your Keyboard to Type in Korean



INSTALLATION AND SETUP
KEYBOARD STICKERS
TIPS FOR TYPING IN HANGUL
HANGUL FONTS
OTHER WAYS TO TYPE IN HANGUL

INSTALLATION AND SETUP

You don’t need a special keyboard to type in Korean – you can use a standard English keyboard. However, if you are a PC user, you may need to install Asian language packs into Windows to be able to see and type Hangul letters. If this: 안녕 doesn’t match the image below, you need to install the language packs.
Hangul text for the Korean word for hi

The Hanguladay blog has a nice Language Bar setup article with easy-to-follow steps and screenshots. Many installation and usage questions are answered in the comments below the article. I don’t know much about typing in Korean on a Mac, but this is addressed in one of the comments.

The official Microsoft instructions for activating the Language Bar in Windows XP. Not as user-friendly.

The Windows Vista version of the instructions.

KEYBOARD STICKERS ^

I bought mine on eBay, from a user named “keyboardsticker.” There are several different colors and styles (and languages) available. Here is the eBay store. They are very inexpensive. After a year, the 7 most heavily used letters are fading ever so slightly, but the adhesion is still 100%.

TIPS FOR TYPING IN HANGUL ^

Jamo (Hangul letters) are typed in blocks of 2 or more letters. Each block represents a syllable. I went nuts trying to maneuver the jamo into their correct position in the block with the shift key and space bar before I figured out that the language pack does this for me (if it doesn’t, I have misspelled the word). Don’t worry if a letter doesn’t jump into the right block as you type it, just keep typing. The language pack has to see the whole word to know how to arrange things. There should be no space between blocks in the same word, but do space between words.

HANGUL FONTS ^

Windows includes several Hangul fonts, which will become visible in the font menus inside Windows programs once you have activated the language bar and installed the Korean language packs (you may need to have the IME set to Hangul for them to show). If you want more, there is a selection of free Hangul fonts here.

OTHER WAYS TO TYPE IN HANGUL ^

There are a lot of web-based virtual keyboards where you can type in Hangul, and then copy and paste your text. Some of them will not create Hangul blocks, but just string all the characters in a horizontal row, like the English alphabet, which isn’t very useful. This one arranges letters in their proper blocks.

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