In order to type in Hangul or Korean using a Western keyboard, it is necessary to activate the keyboard to use Hangul as an input language. Then, when using a software program, such as MS Word and Word Pad, the default language in use must be switched to Korean. Doing these two things enables the typing and display of Korean characters on the computer screen.
To configure a computer using Windows 7 or Vista to use Korean, go to the "Control Panel" and click "Change keyboards or other input methods." When the "Region and Language" window appears, click the "Keyboards and Languages" menu and click the "Change keyboards" button. When the "Text Services and Input Languages" window appears, click the "Add" button. On the "Add Input Language" window, scroll down to "Korean," tick "Microsoft IME" under "Keyboard" and click "OK." Now, Korean as an input language is enabled on your computer.
Upon opening a Word program, MS Word for example, look for the language bar. Click it and then select "KO Korean" to switch the language from English to Korean. Now, the user can use a Korean keyboard to type Hangul. If the current keyboard does not display Hangul characters, an option is to stick Hangul keyboard stickers on it or print a Korean keyboard layout for reference.