Ever wondered what the mysterious ctfmon.exe file is? This is actually Microsoft’s background process that enables the Microsoft Office language bar and prompts for alternative user input. This process examines whether an ever-started program may require an alternative user input service such as a pen tablet, voice, or foreign language on-screen input.
People who have ever used Microsoft Office Bar, tablets, and other input devices definitely need to enable cftmon.exe. However, if you never need an Office language bar or any other input device, you can also disable the ctfmon service, at least to free up RAM. In addition, cftmon can crash Windows with some languages installed.
Disable extended text services in Windows 10
- First, open the Windows 10 Control Panel.
- Click Regional and Language Options to open the Regional and 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 Start Items list. Here, the process starts under Windows. This way you can remove ctfmon from the start of the operating system.
- Open Task Manager by Mouse right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.
Click on the Home tab to open the following software launch list.
- When you see ctfmon on the Run tab, select it and click Disable.
On earlier Windows platforms, you can open the Start tab in MSConfig. Press the One R keys and type “msconfig” in the Run text box.
Click OK and switch to the Startup tab in the System Configuration window.