What is itype.exe?

The genuine itype.exe file is a software component of Microsoft IntelliType Pro by Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows is an operating system. IntelliType is a Microsoft driver for the company's lineup of computer keyboards. Itype.exe is a file that installs IntelliType, and is complete safe to run on your PC.

IntelliType Pro is a driver package designed by Microsoft for its range of computer keyboards, and is compatible with Windows and iOS platforms. This driver is compatible with all known genuine Microsoft keyboards including entertainment keyboards and those that were shipped with desktop sets, but advanced features of this utility may only be available in advanced models. These include defining multimedia functions and on-screen indication when volume level is changed. In older systems it may reside in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\itype.exe", instead of "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center\itype.exe", because IntelliPoint (for Microsoft mice) and IntelliType (for Microsoft keyboards) used to be separate software products. It enables use of specialized keys and functions of Microsoft keyboards, sometimes including customizing features for specific applications, (e.g., games). It can be uninstalled via the Control Panel by selecting "Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center" (or "IntelliType Pro").

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IType stands for IntelliType

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the itype.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Itype.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with itype
Itype.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IType.exe belongs to software Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center or Microsoft IntelliType Pro or Microsoft IntelliPoint / IntelliType Pro by Microsoft (

Description: Itype.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The itype.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,487,568 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 1,491,664 bytes and 43 more variants. 
The itype.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The program has no visible window. Itype.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center or Microsoft IntelliType Pro, update it, or ask the software vendor for help. Go to or to update it, go to or to contact the vendor, or go to Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center or Microsoft IntelliType Pro in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify itype.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as itype.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the itype.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Microsoft Intelltype keyboard software
Microsoft IntelliType Pro (Keyboard driver)
Downloadable driver from Microsoft for the Microsoft Wireless Keyboards
  Vance Gilbert   (further information)
Software for Windows Keyboard
  Lukas L.  
its a keyboard driver
its a microsoft procress, you can end this proccess but the special buttons on the keyboard will not work anymore...for me..i ended it :)
Keyboard Driver
A program for microsoft keybord (keybord driver)
A driver for Microsoft's Windows Keyboards. Completely safe and not a virus
I think it causes my keyboard to behave as if control is pressed down.
Itype is an exe for Microsoft keyboards that let you program and run specials keys on your keyboard thus it isn't need but recommended if you have a microsoft keyboard
it causes my keyboard and mouse to press random keys sometimes, it is anoying AF

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of itype.exe: based on 28 votes with 13 user comments. 17 users think itype.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think itype.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving itype issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with itype. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the itype.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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