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What will this tutorial do?
This tutorial will show you how to install Korean typing and display ability for ALL programs running on Mac OS X.

Adding Korean to your MAC
Step 1: International Options
Step 2: Adding Korean in the Input Menu
Step 3: Changing to Korean Input Mode
Step 4: Finding the Korean chracters on non-Korean Keyboards
Step 5: Typing Korean

Step 6: Korean Language Switching Shortcuts

back to topStep 1: International Options
In the System Preferences click on the "International" or "Language & Text icon depending on your OS X version.
You can also find this option by searching for "international" or "language".

Mac Language Options

International Options


back to topStep 2: Adding Korean in the Input Menu
There are 3 tabs on the top of the "International" / "Language & Text" window.  Click on the one labeled "Input Sources" or "Input Menu" depending on your version of the Mac OS. Then make sure "Hangul" and "2-Set Korean" options are checked.

NOTE: You do not need the other options to type Hiragana, Kanji and Katakana.
To keep things easy I recommend you ONLY check "Hiragana".

Even without checking the other options you will be able to use them. 
However, if you plan on using "Half-width Katakana" then you must have this option checked.

Selecting Korean Language on Mac OS X

Install Korean on Older Macs


back to top Step 3: Changing to Korean Input Mode
One the top right near the system clock you will see a new American flag icon (or your native language icon).
If you click this you can switch to Korean input mode by selecting "2-Set Korean".

1. American flag on top right of screen. 2. Click flag then select Hiragana. 3. American flag changes to Hiragana icon.
English Selected Select Korean IME on the Toolbar Korean Selected

Step 4: Finding the Korean characters on non-Korean Keyboards
Unlike Chinese and Japanese you don't type Korean using roman letters. Instead you type each part of the hangul character. However western keyboards don't have hangul on them so you won't know which key to push.

There are 3 options for knowing where the hangul characters are:

1. Purchase a Korean keyboard
2. Purchase Korean hangul keyboard stickers for your existing keyboard.
3. Print a free Korean keyboard layout.

Click image to view / save bigger resolution version

Korean Keyboard Layout

Step 5: Typing Korean
Now you can type Korean in any application. Once you are in the correct input mode let's create a new document in Pages or other application that you can type in.

Let's type the Korean word 하다. Even though this is "H-A-D-A" this is NOT how you will type it. Instead you will type the keys "G-K-E-K".

Make sure you are in "Korean" mode and type the following letters: "gkek" (this will display 하다) You will notice right away that once you type "g" that a "g" doesn't display but instead a ㅎ is displayed.

 Typing Hangul

An incomplete character will be underlined. You do NOT have to do anything to complete a character. If you don't have any typos the character will complete automatically as you type. If you hit space the character will complete automatically.

back to topStep 5B: Typing full sentences in Korean
You do not have to choose the correct hangul from a list when typing Korean. As long as you keep typing and don't have any typos the proper hangul will display. If it doesn't display properly... you have made a mistake in your Korean.

back to topStep 6: Korean Language Switching Shortcuts
A big pet peeve of mine is watching people change the language settings by manually clicking on them.
It's time consuming if you are switching back and forth a lot.

You can easily switch language options and even input methods with
a shortcut. With Max OS X (unlike windows) you don't have much control over the shortcut code. But, there is a way to use a shortcut instead of tediously switching at the top of the screen.

The shortcut is APPLE KEY + SPACE.

UNFORTUNATELY the shortcut for switching to another input mode is the SAME shortcut as the popular SPOTLIGHT feature of the Max OS. So if you wish to use the language shortcut you have to disable the shortcut for SPOTLIGHT after enabling it.

Enable the input source shortcut.
1. In the Keyboard Options click on "Keyboard Shortcuts".
2. On the left side select "Keyboard & Text Input".
3. On the right side check "Select the previous input source".
4. (more instructions follow after this graphic)

First Enable the input shortcut

Disable the spotlight shortcut.
5. On the left side select "Spotlight".
6. On the right side uncheck "Show Spotlight search field".

Disable Spotlight search shortcut





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