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3 Methods To Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1

Out of all, one of the major annoyances present in Windows 8 and 8.1 is the “Hot Corners” feature. It allows users to access some predefined shortcuts by moving the mouse cursor to the top-left or top-right corners of the computer screen. When you move the cursor to the top-left corner of the desktop background, the “App Switcher” or“App Switch List” is displayed, which allows you to navigate between background running apps and programs or close them. Whereas, if you move your mouse cursor to the top-right or bottom-right corners of the desktop background, Charms Bar is displayed. It provides quick access to Top 5 Shortcuts: SearchShareStartDevices, and Settings.

What is a Charms Bar?

A major change to the way users interact with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the introduction of the “Charms Bar.” The Windows 8 Charms Bar is kind of a meta-menu or the bar of icons that slides in from the right side of the screen when moving the mouse cursor to the upper or lower right side of the desktop view. These bar lines important functions, which are mentioned below.

You can also bring up the Charms Bar by using Shortcut Keys (Windows Key + C). However, when you do this, in addition to seeing the Charms Bar, you’ll also see the Date and Time in the bottom-left corner, and this will keep the Charms Bar open.

Though these Hot Corners were designed to help Windows 8 users, and the Charms Bar might be very useful for Windows 8 touch devices. But, those who prefer using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 primarily on a desktop or laptop with a mouse and keyboard may find it annoying or disrupting. And it may be frustrated by inadvertently trigging the bar when the mouse is moved to the right corners of the screen.

How to Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

In this blog post, we will look at three different methods on How to Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to avoid these issues.

Method 1: Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 using Taskbar Properties

  1. Now under, the Corner navigation section, just uncheck “When I point to the upper-right corner, show the Charms” option.
  2. Click on the “Navigation” tab.
  3. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Properties” in the context menu.
  4. Click on “Apply” and then “Ok.”

Note: This will disable Charms Bar only from the top-right corner, which means moving the mouse cursor to the bottom right side corner will still display the Charms Bar. So, to get rid of it from the lower corner as well, you can use ImmersiveShell key in Registry Editor.

Method 2: Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 from Registry Editor

  1. First up, Open Run (Windows Key + R).
  2. Type “Regedit” and click “Ok.”
  3. Now navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Software >> Microsoft >> Windows >> CurrentVersion >>ImmersiveShell.
  4. Now, on ImmersiveShell, Right-click, and select New >> Key. And, now name the new key as “EdgeUI.”
  5. Right-click the EdgeUI key, point to New, DWORD (32-bit) Value, and then name the new DWORD as“DisableCharmsHint.”
  6. Now double-click the newly created DWORD value, type 1, and click OK.
  7. Now Reboot Windows.

Once finished, it will disable both the top-right and bottom-right hot corners that expose the Charms Bar.

Method 3: Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 using Charms Bar Killer

This is the last and the simplest way to disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 using a free program named Charms Bar Killer from WinAero.

Winaero Charms Bar Killer supports the following OS:

  • Windows 8.1 x86
  • Windows 8.1 x64
  • Windows 8 x86
  • Windows 8 x64
  1. Download the Charms Bar Killer and install it on your computer.
  2. When launched, Charms Bar Killer holds its position in the system tray and automatically kills the Charms Bar.
  3. You can also right-click its notification icon and enable Kill Top Left Corner to disable “App Switcher” too.
  4. In case you want to re-energize the hot corners, just exit Charms Bar Killer and restart your computer.

That’s all! You’re now free from the ever irritating Hot Corners and Charms Bar on Windows 8 and 8.1.

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