Do you know that you can type in Korean on Windows 7 without the need to download the language pack?
Generally, hundreds of input methods or languages are included, and ready-to-use in all Windows 7 editions such as Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
Enabling an input method like Korean IME (Input Method Editor) is very easy. It can be enabled quickly on a computer connected to the internet or not, and regardless of the keyboard the user is using.
An input method does not have prerequisites compared to installing a display language. Its main purpose is to allow a user to type in another language without the need to change the system’s primary display language, or download another plugin, or software. Sounds very easy right?
Enabling Korean Input Method
In order to type in Korean on Windows 7, Korean IME must be enabled first in Control Panel’s Language settings. To start:
1. Click the Windows Orb.
2. Go to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Region and Language\ Keyboard and Languages
3. Click Change keyboards.
A small window (Text Services and Input Languages) will pop up after which. In this window, you will see the default input language of Windows, and the other input languages installed. See screenshot below.
4. Click Add… button.
5. Find Korean on the list, then click the + sign beside it. Do the same to the sub-menu (Keyboard)
6. Put a check in the Microsoft IME box. Click OK.
Success! Korean Input Method is now installed.
7. Click Apply > OK > OK to close the pop-up windows.
The language bar icon will now appear in the taskbar.
It will show the default input method of Windows by default, for example EN (English).
You can type in Korean as soon as the input method is enabled. To do this, open a word-processing program like WordPad, Notepad or Microsoft Word. An internet browser will do as well.
Now, since the language bar is set to the primary language of Windows, you must switch it to Korean first. It’s easy. Just press the Left ALT key + Shift, or click the language icon in the taskbar, then select KO (Korean). The Korean language bar will appear after which.
Just a quick introduction, the letter A icon beside the globe icon represents the English keyboard layout. You can’t type yet in Korean if it is active. You must click it to switch to Hangul.
Korean keyboard layout is represented by 가 icon which appears after clicking on the A icon. Once enabled, press any letter key on the keyboard, and the equivalent Hangul alphabet for that key will show on screen.
For Korean keyboard users, it’s easy to switch from English to Korean input method, or vice versa, by pressing the 한/영 key beside the space bar.
Helpful Tool for Non-Korean Keyboard Users
Not familiar with the arrangement of Hangul alphabet on a non-Korean keyboard?
Not a problem! To know which key to press to get the desired Korean character, you can use a pre-installed tool in Windows 7 called On-Screen keyboard. To open it:
1. Click Windows orb.
2. Type “On-Screen Keyboard” without the quotation marks in the search box, then hit Enter.
The tool can be enabled as well via Ease of Access Center in Control Panel.
Setting Korean as the Default Input Method on Windows 7 (Optional)
Here’s what to do if you wish to set Korean IME as the default method of Windows. You can do it via Control Panel.
1. Click Windows orb.
2. Go to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Region and Language\Keyboard and Languages
3. Click Change keyboards…
4. Select Korean – Microsoft IME in the drop-down menu.
5. Click Apply > OK.
The new default input method will take effect immediately without the need to reboot.
Now, you have already learned how to write in Korean on Windows 7.
Just so you know, Korean IME includes free fonts like Batang, BatangChe, Dotum, Gulim, Gungsuh, etc. You can check these under Fonts window, or in Notepad. If you’d like to add more, then you may check our post regarding Naver Software, and learn how to download stylish and cool Hangul fonts for free.