Ctfmon.exe is a Microsoft Office process that works with the Windows operating system. This process activates the language bar and alternative user input. It is a non- essential system process which runs in the background even after quitting all programs. This ctfmon.exe can be annoying, as even after disabling it, it remains in Task Manager. To prevent the process from starting with every boot, some steps need to be followed. This can be done from the 'stop advanced text services' selection under system configuration, or one can alternatively disable the process at start-up. Additionally from the office start-up, the Modes User Input should be disabled.
ctfmon.exe is a Windows generic process for managing information entry using alternative text input software such as voice recognition, electronic recognition and braille keyboards.
The ctfmon.exe process is only necessary when dealing with other languages or when information in inputted using a device other than a standard keyboard.
The ctfmon.exe file starts the component of the "Language Bar" (via the system tray), and launches every time Windows starts. It continues to run in the background, whether an Office XP program was started or not.
If you have no need for ctfmon.exe to be running, you can safely disable it from launching automatically without it affecting your computer.
Disable advanced text services
Here is how you can stop the application launching every time you boot your machine:
From the Control Panel, go to Regional Options > Date, time and language
Then click on Regional and Language Options
Select the Languages tab and click Details
Click on the Advanced tab
Under System Configuration, check the box Stop advanced text services
Click on Apply and validate with OK
Disable Ctfmon.exe at startup
Open the System Configuration Utility:
Open the Start menu
Type in msconfig
Click the Startup tab and uncheck the startup item for ctfmon
Click Apply and validate with OK
Restart your PC.
After rebooting, a warning message will inform you the startup has ben modified.
Check "Do not show this message", then click OK
MS Office users should the set Alternative User Input in Office Setup to Not available
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