Build 14342 adds clear input history option for all IMEs in Windows 10

By: Madeleine Dean
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Input method editors (IME) make it easier for users to type in languages that are made up of thousands of characters that cannot possible fit on a standard computer keyboard. For example, IMEs are very helpful when writing texts in Asian languages, as languages like Chinese contain 4k-5k of commonly used characters while the total number of Japanese kanji is well over 50k.

Users have long been asking Microsoft to add a feature allowing them to delete their IME input history. The bar of candidate words always shows the phrases they typed earlier, especially when they use the on-screen keyboard, which is pretty annoying. Speaking of which, if you ever encounter issues with your on-screen keyboard, check out our fix article on this topic.

I am currently using Cangjie (Changjie) on Windows 10 for Chinese input.

Recently I found out that, when I am using the on-screen keyboard, the bar of candidate words always shows phrases I’ve typed earlier.

I would like to know how I can erase this input history.

Until the Windows 10 May build, there was no option to delete input history in Windows 10. Following user  request, Microsoft added the clear input history option for IMEs in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342.

Here’s what’s fixed for PC:

[…] We added a “Clear Input History” option to the IME Settings page.

This means that you can now delete all the characters you typed earlier, irrespective of the IME language you used. Speaking of language settings, build 14342 also fixed the bug causing the search box on the Language Settings page to not work.

As for the known language bugs, Microsoft is working to fix the bug causing the Feedback Hub not to be localized and the UI to be in English U.S. only, even with language packs installed. This issue will probably be fixed in the next build.

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