Ctfmon.exe activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and the Microsoft Office Language Bar.
What Does the Ctfmon.exe File Do?
Ctfmon.exe monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other alternative user input technologies.
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Can I Remove the Ctfmon.exe Process from running in the background?
Ctfmon.exe - it's an ever annoying helper tool that comes rather unexpectedly at times and liked by nearly nobody. (...) Unless you're using anything in that list above you'll want to stop this file from loading!
Yes, with the following reg entry, CTFMON is prevent from ever starting up. More information in above link.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "ctfmon.exe"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\CTF] "Disable Thread Input Manager"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\CTF\MSUTB] "ShowDeskBand"=dword:00000000
Edited by BoardBabe, 11 January 2006 - 01:45 AM.