Help:Installing Korean

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Windows 2000/XP

See Microsoft's tutorial here

Windows Vista

Youtube video coming soon.


  1. Click on the windows icon in the lower left hand corner
  2. Click on control panel
  3. Click on Regional and Language Options
  4. Click on the tab Keyboards and Languages
  5. Most versions Home Premium and up should already have the languages ready to install.
    1. If you have a version lower than Home Premium, you will have to click on the Install/uninstall languages and follow the directions on how to download the Korean language pack.
  6. Click on the button Change keyboards
  7. Click on the Add button
  8. Scroll down until you see Korean and click the check boxes for Korean and Microsoft IME
  9. Click on the tab Advanced Key Settings if you want to configure how to change the input language on your keyboard. Personally I like to use control+shift to change from English to Korean.
  10. Click the OK button
  11. You should now see a language bar appear on the lower right hand corner near your system tray. If it says EN then your current input is English. Press the two button combinations you assigned in step 9 to switch to Korean. You will now see it change to KO which means Korean input. However the third button will look like A, that means even though your keyboard is in Korean mode you are still typing latin characters, hit the left alt key (to the right of space bar), the A should then change to . You are now ready to type in Korean characters.

For more information on typing in Korean, see Help:How to type in Korean.



  1. From the top menu bar, select System -> Administrative -> Languages. #Then select 'Install/remove a language...', select 'Korean' and click OK.
  2. After this, the keyboard input method should be ibus, the login screen language should be 한국어 and the system language should be 한국어.
  • To switch between typing in Korean or English, simply press the right Alt key.
  • To fix Korean fonts in OpenOffice, run this line (Source):
  • gksu rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/29-language-selector-ko-kr.conf
  • To fix bad looking fonts in GNOME terminal, select a different font other than 'monospace'. For example, 'DejaVu Sans Mono Book'.


Tutorial available here

Switching from English to Korean conveniently

Extra Resources


Here are some resources that you will find useful if you cannot view Korean words on your computer.

For information on viewing or downloading subtitles, see the Subtitles page.