Saturday, February 6, 2010

Unwanted languages in the language bar.

A few days ago, i noticed that i had in my language bar 5 language options, instead of 2 that i had configured for my English Windows 7. I checked it out and i had, for no obvious reason, Japanese (JP), Chinese (CH) and Korean (KO). I looked in my "Text Services and Input Languages" where i could only see the Greek and English keyboards that i had installed. Reboot didn't help so in order to get rid of them, i had to manually add them and after applying the changes i removed them. That worked for me and now i only have my original keyboard settings. I have no idea how i got them there in the first place...

Just for reference, the steps where:
  1. Open "Text Services and Input Languages"
    • Right click on the Language bar → Settings...
      OR
    • Control Panel → Region and Language → Keyboards and Languages → Change Keyboards... 
  2. Click Add...
  3. Select the Keyboards you want to add. In my case:
    • Chinese (Simplified, PRC) → Chinese (Simplified) - US Keyboard
    • Japanese (Japan) → Japanese
    • Korean (Korea) → Korean
  4. Click OK
  5. Click Apply
  6. Select and click Remove each language you don't want.


Update [16/03/2011]:

According to Sinsoul's comment below, the reason appears due to installed MS Office profiling tools. He suggested that you should also remove all unwanted languages from the language options in office profiling tools. Here's how:

Start -> Microsoft Office -> Microsoft Office Tools -> Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings
On the right list (labeled "Enabled editing languages") select each language you don't want and click Remove.

20 comments:

josefec said...

Hi there.

Well, that is exactly my problem and this is the first trace in the whole internet I’ve found about it. My problem is a bit deeper because I’ve got rid of the languages the same way as you but unfortunately Chinese gets back there again and again once in a time. I’m really sucked up by that.

Haven’t you found anything else about this?

Christos Botsikas said...

I’m sorry to hear that, josefec.
No i haven't looked more about it. Check to see if you have installed lately any program that might keep setting Chinese as an input language.

Buy Cialis said...

I installed windows vista then I tried to configure the language bar into English but something completely different came up.

George said...

Has anyone found a solution for this?

Apparently the issue occurs on pc's where Greek and MS Office 07/10 has been installed. It happens in BOTH of my Win7 pc's, one is x64 ultimate and the other x32 professional...

SinSoul said...

This problem occurs due to installed MS Office profiling tools. To get rid of this problem firstly you need to alter language options in office profiling tools. Start -> All programs -> Ms Office -> I'm sorry, I got Russian edition, so I can't recall how should the folder be named, it should be under all office instances and called something like MS office tools? There you should find language options, remove those you do not need and then do same as Christos Botsikas mentioned. Hope it helps =)
Cheers, Sinsoul.

Christos Botsikas said...

Thank you for your comment Sinsoul. I have updated the original post...

Christos

George said...

Hey thanks,

I have also discovered myself that proofing tools is the problem. Some alternatives:
1) As it was said, you have to go to all programs->microsoft office->microsoft office tools->ms office language settings and remove the languages you don't want
2) go to control panel->programs and features, ms proofing tools , select change and uninstall the languages you don't want.
3) Check language bar settings.

Still, sometimes - also it is more rare now - chinese comes back to haunt me when i press alt-shift. No more korean or taiwanese though.

I discussed it with an IT pro and his idea was that you have to be EXTRA careful when you FIRST install proofing tools (enable only the languages you need, disable everything else) otherwise a format and os reinstall is needed for this bug...

Anonymous said...

The problem was in office 2003 proofing tools. After doing the changes suggested and a reboot things wend back to normal
thank you very much

maturegirl said...

Hey,

I had the same problem, found great solution here:
http://superuser.com/questions/199553/self-installing-east-asian-language-set-how-to-remove-asian-languages-from-a-lan

Finally no more Korean, Japanese and Chinese :)

Kirstone said...

Hey, thanks man :) also thanks for other comments. Really helped :)

shadyfan said...

@maturegirl, thanks, you're the best. All of the other methods didn't work for me, but this works like charm!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Marx Rojas said...

Thank you. Finally I found an answer to the problem. This has given me so much grief.

Anonymous said...

ThankS!

George Piraeus said...

This problem usually occurs due to installed MS Office profiling tools. But this is not the only program that causes it. I dealt the same problem with MediaEncoder. In this case the solution is to change MediaEncoder User Interface Language From "Default" to "your preference language" (in my case English). Then you have to install and uninstall Chinese Keyboard as described above.

George Piraeus said...

I am sorry. MediaCoder is the program, not MediaEncoder.

DeMaio13 said...

Thank you. I really appreciate you help!

Anonymous said...

Hi.

Open the proofing tools installation options. Before the list of languages, uninstall the "IME" settings".

Anonymous said...

Hope that the above workaround helped...
(Ksenophone)

evZENy said...

I have this problem for months. I switch between Latin (English) and Cyrillic keyboards all the time. But I get this Korean added every few days/weeks.
Yes, I do go and Add?Remove it, but doesn't solve the reappearance issue.

SinSoul said...

Hello evZENy.

Have you tried this?

According to Sinsoul's comment below, the reason appears due to installed MS Office profiling tools. He suggested that you should also remove all unwanted languages from the language options in office profiling tools. Here's how:

Start -> Microsoft Office -> Microsoft Office Tools -> Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings
On the right list (labeled "Enabled editing languages") select each language you don't want and click Remove.