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...
    • 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.