Have you ever wondered what the mysterious ctfmon.exe file is? This is actually Microsoft’s background process that activates the Microsoft Office Input Toolbar and requests alternate user input. This process always checks whether the launched program may require alternative user input services, such as pen tablet, voice or foreign language screen input.
Anyone who has ever used the Microsoft Office Bar, tablets, and other input devices must activate cftmon.exe. However, if you do not need the Office Input Toolbar or any other input device, you can also disable the ctfmon service to at least free up RAM. Also, cftmon can crash Windows with some installed languages.
Disable Extended Text Services in Windows 10
- First, open the Windows 10 Control Panel.
- Click Regional & Language Options to open the Regional & Language Options window.
- Select the Languages tab in the window.
- You can then click the Details button to open the Text Services window.
- Click the Advanced tab and select the Disable Advanced Text Services option. This will close the ctfmon process.
Remove ctfmon.exe from Windows startup
You can find ctfmon in the list of startup items. Here the process is started in Windows. This will allow you to remove ctfmon from the beginning of the operating system.
- Open Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.
Click the Home tab to open the following software launch list.
- If ctfmon appears on the Run tab, select it and click Disable.
On older Windows platforms, you can open the Startup tab in MSConfig. Press One R and type “msconfig” in the Run text box.
Click OK and switch to the Startup tab in the System Configuration window.
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