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 that runs in the background, even after quitting all programs. This article will show you how to disable it.
What Is It?
It's a Windows generic process for managing information entry using alternative text input software, such as voice recognition, electronic recognition and braille keyboards. Although it's only necessary when dealing with other languages or when information is inputted using a device other than a standard keyboard, it's constantly present in the Task Manager
and launches every time windows starts.
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
From the Control Panel
, go to Regional Options
> Date, time and language
> Regional and Language Options
Then, select the Languages
tab, and click Details
. Next, click the Advanced
Under System Configuration
, check the box next to Stop advanced text services
. Click Apply
Disable Ctfmon.exe at Startup
Open the System Configuration Utility
, then open the Start
, then type in msconfig
Click the Startup tab, and uncheck the startup item for ctfmon
. Restart your PC, then click OK
at the bottom of the message warning you that your device's startup has been modified.
MS Office users should the set Alternative User Input
in Office Setup to Not available