For some languages, including Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, the input method editor (IME) in Windows 10 appears to have a persistent issue. Users have complained that the default IME either automatically disables itself after the system has been running for a while.
Or that it toggles between enabled and disabled states at random intervals when typing. Initially, the issue was only seen in a small number of Windows 10 preview releases.
Lately, though, it has also been observed on Windows 10 computers that have all of the most recent updates installed (including the Creators Update).
Most customers have reported the problem after installing the KB3081448 update for Windows 10, however this is not a guarantee.
What is IME?
An Input Method Editor (IME) is a programme used to input text. Supporting keyboard input for a wide variety of languages is a need, making IMEs a crucial part of Windows. If you are experiencing the same difficulty, the solutions provided below should help you fix it.
All the solutions discussed here have been tried and tested by at least one other user and proven to be successful. Please try each suggested fix in turn until you find one that works for you.
How to Enable IME
Remember to enter some text whenever you change languages. Sometimes the languages used by the keyboards are similar, making it hard to tell them apart.
However, if you can only type in English because the IME is frozen on the “A” or “ENG” indicator, try the methods below.
Method 1: Enable IME Icon
When the IME icon vanishes from the Taskbar, it can lead users to believe the feature has been turned off. Although it may appear that IME is disabled, it is still possible to use the Alt + Shift keyboard shortcut to select a different input language.
To rectify this situation, you simply only restore the IME symbol. It’s as simple as right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting “Show touch keyboard button” from the resulting menu.
After doing so, the touch keyboard should start functioning normally and the IME indicator should reappear.
Method 2: Turn on Input Indicator
The Input Indicator plays a crucial role in determining whether or not IME is enabled. If you disable it, you won’t be able to switch between other input languages or use a different keyboard layout.
Therefore, if the touch keyboard has already been enabled, or if turning it on does not resolve the issue, the Input Indicator in Settings should be checked.
Step 1: First, customise your Taskbar by right-clicking it and selecting the option to do so.
Step 2: Click the link labelled “Turn system icons on or off” in the Notification box.
Step 3: On the new page, activate the Input Indicator by clicking its toggle switch.
Method 3: Change Input Methods
You may also try switching input methods to see if it helps with the IME disabled problem. How to do it:\
Step 1: Launch the Windows Settings programme.
Step 2: Select Region & language from the Time & Language menu.
Step 3: Select Advanced keyboard settings from the right pane.
Step 4: As a fourth step, look for the interface below. Allow me to set up individual input preferences for each programme window.
Method 4: Remove and Add the Language Again
In the event that you have more than one language installed on your computer but are unable to easily switch between them.
Try removing the existing languages and then adding them back in. Select “Region & language” under “Settings” after selecting “Time & Language.”
Click the Remove button after selecting the additional language. To remove all languages from Windows except English, you will need to repeat the process for each language that was installed.
After that, select “Add a language” to re-add the language(s) you require. After that is complete, you can restart your machine to see if the IME disabled problem has been resolved.
The programme Input Method Editor is what lets the computer take in information. Characters, letters, and symbols from languages all over the world can be entered.
However, there have been reports from users that IME is occasionally turning itself off and on by itself. It’s also possible that the IME will be disabled immediately after booting.
Additionally, after a Windows update, the IME disabled bug has been observed by a few users.