Input method editors allow you to enter text in languages that don't use your keyboard's default language, such as entering Japanese characters with an English keyboard. With more than one input method installed, you can change between them by pressing "Alt-Shift" or by clicking the currently selected language in the taskbar. To completely uninstall an IME, remove it from the Language control panel and uninstall any IME updates from Programs and Features.
Removing an IME
Click your current language, such as "ENG," in the taskbar and press "Language Preferences" to open the Language Control Panel. Click the language you want to uninstall and press "Remove." Alternatively, if the language has multiple input methods and you only want to remove its IME, click "Options" and then press "Remove" next to the IME.
Uninstalling IME Updates
Windows Update occasionally downloads updates for active IMEs. If you no longer use an IME, you can remove these updates to reclaim some hard drive space. Open the Programs and Features control panel and search for "IME" or the name of the language you used. If any updates appear, select each one and press "Uninstall."
Information in this article applies to Windows 8 and 8.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or systems.
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