Typing Korean Characters in PC

Aside from blogging I am also an avid fan of Yahoo Answers.  These are the common questions being asked by those who are interested in typing Korean Characters known as 한글 (Hangeul sometimes romanized as Hangul) in their PC:

  • How do I enable display of Korean Characters on my screen?
  • How can I type Korean Characters from my PC?

I also did try a lot of foolish things before.  I downloaded a lot of Korean Fonts and they are never displayed properly on my screen and what is worst I don’t know what to type to display a certain character.  Anyway, if you are Microsoft Windows and Office XP user, Global IME is pre-installed in your computer. You just need to enable it doing the following simple steps (Note:  Please ensure you have your Operating System – OS installation disc with you) : 

  • Open the Control Panel of your computer then select ‘Regional and Language Options’. 
  • Go to ther Language Tab and select ‘Install East Asian Font’ tick box as seen below:


  • At this point, you will be asked to insert your Windows installation disk as your PC tries to decompress the file.  Locate the file from the CD (in most cases the files being asked are automatically located during the process –there are about 3 reference files needed from the installation disc)
  • Once this is done, you can then add Korean (and other East Asian Language such as Mandarin and Japanese) as one of the languages you can input with using your computer, see screen shot below:


  • The language bar will then be installed in your windows task bar like the one shown below:


  • To select Korean Input Method click on EN then select KO (Korean) to allow typing in 한글, notice that the windows task bar changes from EN to KO.  You can switch from alphabet to 한글 keyboard by just pressing ‘alt’ key.


  • The Global IME works from almost all application that allows you type in text, but there are also exceptions.  Samsung PCs are normally marked with Korean Characters in the keyboard, incase you are using another type (just like my laptop) here is a guide on the 한글 characters in your keyboard (you just have to memorize it unless you want to mark your keyboard with it):


  • If its hard for you to memorize the keyboard and do not wish to put any markings on it, you can draw the characters using the IME Writing Pad, just select it from your language bar.  The writing pad is guided, as you know, Korean writes in block formation.   The maximum number of characters that can be inputed is 4, panel from the right will suggest the block of characters, select from the suggestion on which block to use and it will automatically reflect on your document.  When using the writing pad be sure you are familiar with the correct strokes in writing 한글 as it plays an important role in character block recognition otherwise you might be wondering why the block that you just draw is not available from the panel.


If you are using Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, or Windows NT 4.0 and not running Office XP then you have to download the Global IME file 5.02 to enable East Asian Font in your PC.  Check out the Microsoft site.  The Global IME is pre-installed only for Windows and Office XP user.


101 Replies to “Typing Korean Characters in PC”

    1. thanks for dropping by a comment. i am actually referencing the microsoft site on this post because they have complete instructions on how to install Global IME. More or less i just captured how i did the installation in my PC. The instruction is limited to Windows XP which is my current OS. I am not a big fan of VISTA. 고마워요!

  1. thanks for letting me know on how my computer will be able to type and read east asian languages…. thanks again god bless….

  2. HI…
    thanks for the infos..
    but i was wondering…
    am using vista now, and no cd was required….
    sorry but im kinda slow about these things but i really want/need this…
    so if i set the region and language stuff to korea, would i be able to type korean!? in my standard keyboard in my laptop?! and can i change it back to english hassle free!?!? please…am pretty desperate…
    thanks again..
    hope you can help////

    1. yes i tried it on my other PC in VISTA. it did not require the CD i just enabled east asian language and added Korean. I am able to type Korean by toggling EN and KO in the language bar.

  3. On a Mac, Hangul is setup in the International Control Panel, and you can choose between 2-set, 3-set and a Romanized version of the keyboard layout. I’m pretty sure 2-set is used most frequently in Korea, but the Romanized version is great for those who are learning. For instance, ㅍ is p, ㅂ is b, etc. Sticker sets can be ordered from eBay for like $2!

  4. I have a question… Is there a reason why my ctrl button won’t work? I have my keyboard/computer set to where I can easily change between the Hangul and Latin alphabet. Is that why it won’t work or is it something else?

    1. you need to select from the tool bar KO as input language to use before you can use ‘alt’ to interchange between hangul and latin alphabet.

  5. it doesn’t work for me.. T_T *im not really good at this..* i did exactly what you instructed.. you have to press alt right? but nothing happens every time I press alt.. it’s still in english alphabet.. T T ugghh.. help ?

    1. Hi dyan! on your language bar right click EN (it’s normally on down right corner of your screen where you see your network connection, volume control etc. Choose KO then when this is selected you can alternately type in alphabet and hangul by just pressing ALT.

  6. i just want to ask how to write double letters like 빠 in 오빠 without using the IME pad because sometimes it takes few tries to recognize what you really want to type.. and also i want to know what to do about making font styles different..

    정말 감사합니다.

    1. i knew it!. shift + the letter.. thanks to janey_bei’s reply to dubuxo’s question.. ㅋㅋㅋ.

      just please solve the second problem..:)

    2. ㅃ – short cut key is shift+Q. you can use your keyboard to type in hangul. i think i also posted the korean keyboard referencing the regualr keyboard in alphabet.

      1. thank you.. how about making a different style for the fonts? is there a post on that?

      2. I will post something about Korean Font but you can actually change default Korean font to a different Hangul font style.

  7. annyeong!!!

    i’ve tried so many times before but nothing happens…do i need some specialised CDs or something although i’m currently using windows XP…i’ve tried checking the box then click’details’ but when i click the scroll down box, i just couldn’t find KOREAN….please help me…i’m desperate to learn hangul..


    1. Yes you need your XP installer to decompress the east asian fonts pack before actually choosing Korean font.

    1. I don’t know of any option because when you click the enable east asian fonts option, it will sort of add a file which is actually stored in the installer CD.

  8. thanks so much! it helped a lot. it’s so good that i have vista so there’s no need for the cd..(since i can’t find my installer also ahahha) so glad there are people like you who share their knowledge to others. May you be blessed ^^ 감사함 니 다 ^^

  9. i have already installed everything…i already change EN to KO…but still i cant use it…i dont know how to change my letters into hangul…how is it done?

    1. do you press the ALT tab? you can press this when you want to switch from alphabet to hangul characters.

  10. I was wondering, does the hangul characters only comes up on microsoft words or microsoft office in general. does it works when I try typing it in internet browser?.. I’ve just installed it and it only works in words but not in the browser so I was wondering if I installed it wrongly..

    1. you have to enable Asian fonts to be displayed on your browser it hink you can do it via View Function.

  11. well ive been trying to install any korean fonts and etc for me to be able to type or my pc to recognize korean but it DOESN’T!! well i’ve tried install the “Windows XP Service Pack 3” via internet. i don’t have the CD i just installed it on my pc via internet but still nothing happened. :(( My “Language Bar” button is not even clickable.. Any help?? please please.. 😦

  12. i’ve been using window 7 for my laptop i only open the regional and then i change my keyboard setting and i add a korean(korea) keyboard and i only check the microsoft ime and after that i saw hangul words on my taskbar!!!

  13. How do I type the “Won Symbol” ₩. Its supposed to be the backslash, but for some reason it wont type it, so I have to search for that symbol every time.

    1. if you are using office application try inserting symbol. you need to have a Korean font installed to do this like dotum or gulim. When you scroll down you will see the symbol for won. if you don’t want to do this procedures over and over again you may assign a short key to this symbol by clicking the ‘short key’ button, the screen will allow you to assign shot key to the said symbol. hope this helps.

    1. yes you need your installation CD if you are using windows XP, you may try to find the file on-line and place it on system folder but not really sure how to go about it the manual way.

  14. I still having a hard time put them together.
    For instance, I’m trying to type “한글” but all I get is “하ᄂ그ᄅ”.
    What do I have to do? Thanks.

    1. Maybe you’re not typing them in order.
      OR if you’re typing characters and deleting and typing again it separates like that. You have to type them all right in one go. ^^

  15. Hi,thanks for the info.Have a question though,does windows seven work the same way or should I try something different?

    Kamsahamnida 🙂

  16. thank you sooo much!! i’ve been wanting to type in Korean for a looong time but i have never thought that my computer would be able to do that! wow! now the only thing left to go is to remember where the letters are on the keyboard haha!

  17. Thanks so much!! I’m having a BLAST with this!! Thanks sooooo much!!! I can FINALLY type in Chinese and Korean!!

  18. how can i disable it ?? and why does it only worked on mozilla firefox and i can’t even disable it -.-“

  19. hello, i don’t really know much about computer but i can follow your instruction but i don’t have that Windows installation disk. eotteoke??

  20. is the hangul keyboard always like that? can you type the words in phonetically, or do you have to memorize another format?

    1. wa is 와 . you can type it this way
      ㅘ (H then K in english keyboard while in Korean IME)
      ㅟ (N then L for wi or ui)
      ㅙ (H then O for wae)
      hope this helps.

    1. translator can be downloaded and not a dictionary. i have one in my iPAD you can search Korean translator and a lot of apps will show up.

  21. anybody knows why is it i see only the boxes? if i write the hangeul?

    >please help me with it… i hope you can reply back sooner..

    1. Too bad you can’t do it however if you are running on windows 7 you don’t need an installation disc, just change the language setting by enabling Korean keyboard and IME

  22. i got the korean keyboard, can you teach me how to type the word of “hwa”? i have many way to type, but still can’t got the words of this, the only way is copy on translator only… pls…

  23. are the english letters on the keyboard matching the korean letters?
    or is it u have to change ur way of seeing the keyboard?

    1. I posted the corresponding Hangul character per key in the alphabet keyboard. The sound is not necessarily considered like the letter t is ㅅ. In an iPad the corresding letters are shown.

    1. too bad you need that if you are on XP =( but if you are in windows 7 you can just change language settings and it will decompress the necessary files.

  24. hi. i heard that you took extramural classes in korean at up diliman. i just want to ask if what are the references (e.g books) being used in the extramural korean class in the dept. of linguistics of upd. i am a student from up diliman and i am looking for good references (if ever they are available here inside upd) since i want to start learning korean through self-studying. thanks 🙂

  25. Hey, thanks for posting this. I really thought it was usefull.
    However, I’m running w7 Ultimate, and it seems my keyboard has been divided differently, but I can’t get see where every character is. I’m working on an azerty keyboard, and my A is an ㅇ, instead of the character you have. Any ideas on how to fix this? Or is this just the way it’s supposed to be? >< (http://static.commentcamarche.net/en.kioskea.net/faq/images/0-Vuskup12-azerty-s-.png , link to an azerty keyboard.) Thanks in advance.

    1. hi i am actually not familiar with azerty keyboard but you may want to check this from wiki
      just go down the bottom of the post where the different Korean keyboard compatible with QWERTY Keyboard. it’s really not azerty but you can match the corresponding Hangul based on actual letters. seems the sebeolsik 390 can be referenced i am afraid you may have to use sticker on your keyboard.

      1. Ok.
        Thanks for your fast reply and for giving me the link ^^
        Thank god I have an old keyboard left upstairs, so I can use stickers on that one 😀
        Kind regards ^^

      1. what is that file being stored in OS disc? can I download it?i’m windows XP and don’t have that disc… please help

  26. can you tell me how to change the hangeul type font? because only ‘Malgun Gothic’ font is available. I tried to download many hangeul fonts but it didn’t work

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