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Windows 8: How to Implement a Korean Keyboard

If you landed on this page from a search engine, you can start at the beginning of this article by choosing Part I in the Table of Contents.

Windows 8: Keyboard Implementation Steps

1) Open the Control Panel.

2) Select “Clock, Language and Region”.

3) Under the “Language” category, click “Add a language". At this point, the panel should look like this: Add Language Panel View

4) Click “Add a language”. Then, scroll down to section “K” to find Korean. Pick Korean

5) Select “Korean” and click “Add”. The panel should look like this: Add Language Panel View

The Korean keyboard option is now available. You will notice that there is a language button (“ENG”) at the far right end of the taskbar, next to the clock. You will use it to toggle between English and Korean keyboards. How to use this button is explained in the next section.

Win 8 Language Bar

How to Use the Korean Keyboard

Locate the language button (marked “ENG”) in the lower right corner of your screen. Click it once - a box will expand. Select "Korean Microsoft IME (Input Method Editor)".
Add Language Panel View
Then the language sign will change from “ENG” (English) to Korean mode indicator (Korean), and at the same time, another icon (“A”) will appear left to the language sign.

Four controls of the language bar

In the picture above, focus on the two areas indicated by blue pointers (“Current Status” and “Language Mode”).

Language Mode (ENG or Korean mode indicator): This shows whether you are in the English-only mode (ENG) or Korean-enabled mode (Korean mode indicator). You can shift between the two modes by selecting "ENG" or Korean mode indicator using the mouse.

Current Status (A or ): Being in the "Korean-enabled" mode doesn't necessarily mean that your keyboard is ready to input Korean characters. It means you can activate Korean when you want. The default in the "Korean-enabled" mode is still English (hence the "A" sign). When you want to type Korean, hit the ALT key on the right side of your keyboard. (A keyboard may have two ALT keys; only the right one works for this purpose.)

Four controls of the language bar

When you hit the ATL key, the status icon will change to a Korean character, . Your keyboard is now ready to input Korean characters. You can toggle between Korean and English by pressing the right ALT key at any time.

There is a large picture of the Korean keyboard layout in the first page of this article. You can now go to our Typing Practice page, which explains how to type Korean words with specific examples.