Korean Keyboard Entry (Win)

Setting Up a Korean Keyboard in Windows 10

Windows Regional and Language Options control several options on your computer that may vary by region. Formats, Location, keyboards and Languages and Administrative Options. You can edit documents in multiple languages by changing the language (the input language) in which you type. Input languages are included with Windows, but you need to add them to your list of languages before you can use them.

Important Note: Whenever changing languages, be sure you have "English (United States)" selected as your default Windows Display Language!!! If not, your Windows system will render in the language you defaulted to or the language that is at the top of your selection list!

  1. Click the Start button then clicking the Control Panel icon (the Gear Icon).

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  2. In the Windows Setting window, click on the Time & Language menu item.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  3. In the left-hand sidebar of the Time & Language menu item, select the Language option.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  4. In the Language menu option, go to the approximate center of the window, and choose the ADD A LANGUAGE option by clicking on the "+" button.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  5. In the search bar at the top of the “Choose a Language to Install” menu option, type in your language and select the main keyboard for that language. In this example, we typed in "Korean".

    Press the NEXT button to continue.

    Windows Keyboard Setup
  6. If your selected language provides for it, make sure that “basic typing” is checked, and choose optional add-ons such as Speech and Handwriting. Make sure the “Install Language Pack” checkbox option is set as well. Press the NEXT button to continue.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  7. Once the language pack is installed successfully, the Language window will display both English and your selected Language options.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  8. For the Korean keyboard selection, your default keyboard will be the Microsoft IME layout (Input Method Editor).

  9. Close out the Settings windows.

  10. In the lower right-hand corner of your Windows desktop, you should see a language option entitled ENG. This means you have English set for your keyboard. Click the ENG button on your system tray to change the language. The Korean Microsoft IME icon will have a stylized "" symbol.

    Windows Keyboard Setup
  11. To the left of the IME selection you will see either a "A" symbol or a "" symbol. For English letter input, select the "A" mode. For the standard Korean 2-set input, select the  mode.
  12. When you right-click on the Microsoft IME  icon, you can select between various options, such as setting character width to half or full, selecting Hanja conversion, etc. 

    Windows Keyboard Setup

For faster switching between Korean and English, you can simply press the Right-Alt (Alt-Gr) Key on the keyboard.

For typing 한자 (Chinese Characters), type the 한글 version of the word, and press the Right Ctrl Key on Keyboard to convert it to Hanja. As you’ll press the Ctrl button, it will show you options in case there are other versions of 한자 characters for word.

Using the Korean Microsoft IME

For this input mode, you will want to select the Microsoft IME input source and then select the "" symbol. As you begin typing in Korean, a candidate window appears to give you various options. 

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 Keyboard Layout