What Is Ctfmon.exe And How To Disable It

As of now, many people are still clueless on some processes which appear to be just adding up spaces on your RAM. It may be a disgusting view especially if you are after a faster machine. Also, some of those processes are confusing that you are not aware on what is it for and its importance for your machine.

Ctfmon exe


Once of the confusing processes you may see on your task manager is the ctfmon.exe. This is a common process on your machine that no matter how you disable it from your task manager, it will come back again and again.

Ctfmon.exe is a process which is responsible with the Alternative User Input and Office Language Bar. Actually, this is just useful for people who use on screen keyboard, pens on tablets, and accessing your computer via speech. If you are not after this process, then why not just disable it completely.

Disabling ctfmon.exe from your running processes varies on the current configuration of your computer.

Disable ctfmon.exe from Microsoft Office 2003

Removing ctfmon.exe is possible through Microsoft Office 2003. Just remove it from the setup of the exact program. To start, go to the “Add/Remove Program”. After that, choose “Change your Installation of Microsoft Office” and check the box located beside the “Choose Advanced Customization of Applications” then hit “Next”.

After hitting “Next”, another menu will pop out and look for “Alternative User Input”. On its dropdown, change it to “Not Available”.

Disabling ctfmon.exe for Windows XP

This method is primarily made for Windows XP users.

First, look for the “Control Panel”. Double click on the option naming “Regional and Language Options”.

After double clicking “Regional and Languages Options”, click on the “Languages” tab and hit “Details” to open another menu.

After clicking the “Details” button, another menu will appear. On it, click the “Advanced” tab and check the box beside “Turn off advanced text services”. This will actually close and disable ctfmon.exe from running on the background.

Before exiting, take a look first on the “Settings” tab on the same menu. Make sure that the “Installed Services” appears exactly as the image provided:

Disabling ctfmon.exe in Windows 7

The methods provided above do not work exactly on Windows 7. However, this can also help you disable the same process with how ctfmon.exe bugs the RAM.

You just have to open the “Control Panel”. Choose “Regional and Language Options”. Under it, look and click “Change keyboards or other input methods”.

Now, look at the top of the menu and locate the tab of “Keyboards and Languages”. Click it. Under it, click “Change keyboards”.

After that step, similar menu look will appear as with Windows XP.

Remove stfmon.exe from Startup

Actually, this step should be done after doing any of the methods above. If not, this step will just be useless.

Just open “Run” from “Start” menu and type in “msconfig.exe” (without the quotes) and hit “OK”. On the menu, look for the tab of “Startup” and look for “ctfmon”. Uncheck the box beside it; hit “OK” then “Apply”.

Rebooting the machine after doing all these steps is necessary to make the actions in effect to your computer or laptop.

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