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I have multiple nonstandard input sources that fully replace the original keyboard layout OS X ships with. However, the remove button is grayed out for the only original layout I would like to remove. It's obviously meant for preventing users from losing keyboard input if their custom layouts are not working.

Can I remove the layout manually from some config plist, leaving only the last three?

(In fact, it would suffice to remove the language from input select rotation.)

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  1. Change the current input source to a custom keyboard layout.
  2. Open ~/Library/Preferences/ (in 10.9) or ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/*.plist (in 10.8 and earlier). You can convert the plist to XML with plutil -convert xml1.
  3. Remove the input source or input sources you want to disable from the AppleEnabledInputSources dictionary. If there is an AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource key, remove it.
  4. Restart.

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Thanks, I shouldn't have missed that on Apple SE. – Mikulas Dite Feb 4 '14 at 19:03

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