Korean Keyboard Entry (Mac)

Setting Up a Korean Keyboard in Mac OS

  1. Open the System Preferences Panel by clicking on the Apple Menu in the upper-left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select the Keyboard icon.

    System Preference Pane
  4. Click on the Input Sources tab.
  5. In the lower-left-hand corner of the panel, click the + button to add a language keyboard.

    Input Source Pane
  6.  In the list of languages presented, scroll down until you see Korean and click on Korean.

    Korean Language Selection Pane
  7. In the window to the right, select the 2-Set Korean keyboard. 

    Korean Keyboard Setup - Selecting Pinyin

  8. Click the Add button
  9.  Once you have selected your keyboard layout preference, you will see a list of options in the right-hand pane.

    In this window, you can customized how big you want your Korean input to be, how to handle Hanja (Chinese characters in Korean contexts, etc.

    Korean Configuration Menu

  10. Go ahead and close the System Preference panels once you have selected your language keyboard.
  11. In the upper-right-hand portion of your screen, you will see that some language selection options have appeared. Click on the Text Input menu option to select your input.

    Input Method Window Chinese layout selection

    Note: for detailed explanations of each option, click the Help submenu item and an Apple Help window will appear to give you assistance.

In an app on your Mac, do any of the following to choose one of the Korean input sources.

Use the Input menu: Click the Input menu in the menu bar, then choose a Korean input source. If an input source is dimmed, the current app doesn’t support it.

You can also press Option-Control-Space bar to select the next input source in the Input menu, or Control-Space bar to select the previous input source.

Use the Caps Lock key: If you set an option in Input Sources preferences to use the Caps Lock key to change input sources, press the key to switch between a non-Latin input source (such as Korean) and a Latin input source (such as English).

Typing in Korean

The Korean 2-set keyboard layout is designed so that consonants will be on the left side of the keyboard and vowels will be on the right side.

Korean Macintosh Keyboard Layout

If you type Hangul in a search field, the results show possible matches for you to choose from, even if you enter just one character.

You can use the Keyboard Viewer to see which keys correspond to the Korean input source you’re using. To see the Keyboard Viewer, click the Input menu, then choose Show Keyboard Viewer.

If your Mac has a Touch Bar, it can show words or phrases you might want to use next (called typing suggestions), to help you save time.