How To Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1

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Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1

If you’re constantly annoyed by the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar, which appears on the right-hand side of the screen when you move your mouse to either the upper or lower right corner, you’re not alone. While some users find it quite useful for instantly navigating Search, Share, Start Screen, Devices and Settings options in the new Windows, many people label it an annoying quirk that shouldn’t have been  there in the first place.

Charms Bar can also be quite distracting at times, especially when you shake it up every time you move the cursor over Close button in an opened window.

And since you can easily display the Charms Bar by pressing the Win + C hotkey on your keyboard, the ‘Hot Corners’ feature basically feel a bit redundant on non-touchable Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs.

On the bright side, if you want to disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 then today we’re going to show you three simple ways to do this. Read on.

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Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 via Taskbar Properties

The Taskbar and Navigation Properties window is the quickest way to disable the Charms Bar.

To do that, right-click Taskbar followed by clicking Properties in the context menu.

Then click the Navigation tab.

Now, under the Corner navigation section, simply uncheck ‘When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms’ option and hit OK.

Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1_Navigation Tab

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

Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 from Registry Editor

First up, open Registry Editor by heading to Start Screen, typing regedit and pressing Enter on your keyboard.

Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1_Registry Editor

Now navigate to the following registry key in Registry Editor:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>ImmersiveShell

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Now go to ImmersiveShell > New > Key from the context menu, and then name the new Key as EdgeUI.

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Right-click the EdgeUI key, point to New, DWORD (32-bit) Value and then name the new DWORD as DisableCharmsHint.

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Now double-click the newly created DWORD value, type 1 and click OK. You may also need to reboot Windows for the changes to come into effect.

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

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Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 Using Charms Bar Killer

The last and possibly the simplest method to disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 is using a free program called Charms Bar Killer created by WinAero.

When launched, Charms Bar Killer sits in the system tray and automatically kills the Charms Bar for you. You can also right-click its notification icon and enable Kill Top Left Corner  to disable Windows App Switcher as well.

Besides disabling the hot corners, you can also set it to automatically boot at system start up, as well as hide it’s system tray icon.

In case you want to reactivate the hot corners, simply exit Charms Bar Killer and restart Windows Explorer from Task Manager.

Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1_Charms Bar Killer

Voila! You’re now free from the ever distracting hot corners of Windows 8.1.

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  • lena

    hi there! interesting article. i would like to know if there’s a way to disable only the right bottom corner though. i like going to charms from the right upper corner, but i find it annoying when i’m just looking to press the “show desktop” button and they pop up. thanks!

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hi Lena,
      If you follow the Registry Editor method in this guide, you will be able to disable hot-corners hint from upper and lower right corners. The tweak will only prevent ‘Charms’ from appearing when you point cursor at pertaining positions, which means you can still go to the Charms Bar from both upper and lower corners.
      Hope this helped.

  • GB101

    Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 via Taskbar Properties

    I used this to disable stop charms appearing from right top corner. Trouble is that the charms, plus the time and date thing in bottom left, keep popping up for no apparent reasons. Seems to happen most while I am in Chrome browser.

    Can you help with this?

    Also, browser zooms in and out for no reason. This is even more annoying than the charms. When I had Windows 8 this was a problem and I fixed it somehow. Can’t remember how. When I upgraded to 8.1 it came back. Any ideas?

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hi GB101,
      You could try one of the other methods explained above if one doesn’t work.
      About the Zoom In and Out issue, do you mean Chrome keeps cycling your page zoom settings? It so, you can press Ctrl + 0 on your keyboard when in Chrome to restore default Zoom setting.

      • GB101

        Lenovo told me the only fix was to go back to Windows 8. I did, and that meant re-installing some programs, but it seems ok now. Mainly.

        Sometimes charms just appear when I am on a web page and not anywhere near either right corner. But this does not happen constantly as it did when I was with 8.1.

        How do I disable the top right corner charm activator in 8? Right clicking on tool bar in 8 does not give the same options as it does in 8.1. One goes to or near top right all the time and it is too easy to open charms by accident.

        Regarding the zooming: what happens is a webpage shifts suddenly from, say, 200 to 100. I can change it back when it happens, but I don’t want it to happen. Annoying.

        Am I a chump for upgrading to 8.1 without checking? I assumed that Microsoft would tell me to be wary before I upgraded. But there was no warning that this would mess up anything.

        Just as I was about to click post the charms popped up. I was nowhere near either corner. One mouse click anywhere will make charms disappear.

        • Gardenwife

          I was able to get rid of the swipe/Charms issue by doing this:

          1. Hit Windows Key + F for search
          2. Search for mouse settings (with search everything chosen)
          3. Open mouse settings
          4. Choose the Device Settings tab
          5. With touchpad device highlighted, click Settings button
          6. Under Edge Swipe, uncheck “Enable edge swipes”
          7. Click OK

    • SpawnyWhippet

      I get the charm bar and date/time box in the lower left corner frequently, even when i am not in the top right or bottom right corner. I think it may have something to do with some kind of mouse/touchpad gesture?

      It is driving me mad, I have done everything in this article and it still keeps popping up.

      • GB101

        Try this. With the pointer in the middle of the screen, away from top and bottom right corners, put your finger on the right edge of the touch pad. Then swipe to the left. Does this make the charms and the date/time box appear?

        On my lap top the appearance of the charms appeared to be happening for no reason, then I learned that the actual reason is that I was touching the extreme right edge of the pad. It seemed random but it was not.

        If this is the cause, avoid the right edge of the touchpad. Of course, this will happen sometimes no matter how careful you are, and I found a low tech solution. Put several layers of masking tape over the right edge of the touch pad. No kidding. It will make it less sensitive.

        There is also way to deactivate the top right and bottom right corner control of the charms and date time box. It is a multi step process but not difficult.

        Then you can open the charms by pushing the windows key+C.

        • liveabord

          Thanks for that, it was the golden hint.
          On my Dell laptop, I went to “mouse settings”, where I found the tab for “Dell touchpad” which has a link to the touchpad settings box.

          Once there, in Gestures, I deselected all of the edge swipe options; even when “top” was still on, charms appeared when swiping from the left edge.

          • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

            Glad you found a solution :)

      • GB101

        Try this. With the pointer in the middle of the screen, away from top and bottom right corners, put your finger on the right edge of the touch pad. Then swipe to the left. Does this make the charms and the date/time box appear?

        On my lap top the appearance of the charms appeared to be happening for no reason, then I learned that the actual reason is that I was touching the extreme right edge of the pad. It seemed random but it was not.

        If this is the cause, avoid the right edge of the touchpad. Of course, this will happen sometimes no matter how careful you are, and I found a low tech solution. Put several layers of masking tape over the right edge of the touch pad. No kidding. It will make it less sensitive.

        There is also way to deactivate the top right and bottom right corner control of the charms and date time box. It is a multi step process but not difficult.

        • SpawnyWhippet

          I finally found how to disable it. In Control Panel>Mouse>UltraNav>TouchPad Settings>Application Gestures>Edge Swipes>Deselect “Enable Edge Swipes”.

          Now I can finally use Windows 8 as if it were a functional Win 7 machine, without using Metro apps or having unexpected Charms opening every 30 secs.

          • GB101

            This did not work for me. When I go to Mouse I do not get UltraNav>TouchPad Settings>Application Gestures>Edge Swipes>Deselect “Enable Edge Swipes”. but instead see tabs labeled Buttons, Pointers, Pointer Options, Hardware and Elan.

            This seems to happen a lot. When instructions say to go to a certain place and select thus and so my place does not have the same selection.

            That is why I followed the course of action in the registry editor.

            BTW, I have found a more tekkie method than the masking tape on the right edge of the touch pad: a combination of card board and masking tape. A strip of card board covering the right edge held in place by some masking tape. The masking tape alone put some pad over the touch pad but did not shield it entirely from an accidental swipe.

            Can I get Microsoft and Lenovo to pay me a royalty for this technique?

          • jim schall

            GB101: tap the ‘Elan’ tab. This should get you the options to turn off/on various settings including the ‘charms’, which actually should be named gremlins or rage menu.

          • Gardenwife

            Yes, Rage Menu!!

          • Gardenwife

            I don’t have UltraNav, either. Do you have the Synaptics touchpad on your laptop? That’s why mine has. I was able to get rid of the swipe/Charms issue by doing this:

            1. Hit Windows Key + F for search

            2. Search for mouse settings (with search everything chosen)

            3. Open mouse settings

            4. Choose the Device Settings tab

            5. With touchpad device highlighted, click Settings button

            6. Under Edge Swipe, uncheck “Enable edge swipes”

            7. Click OK

          • GB101

            I tried this and it did not work, at least not completely. I learned that the apparently random appearance of the charms was not random. The cause was an inadvertent (and occasionally inevitable) touching of the extreme right edge of the swipe pad. I taped a strip of cardboard over the right edge. Really. If you touch the pad a half inch from the edge the charms don’t pop up. Only on the very edge. So I covered the edge and problem solved.

            This quirk remains even if you uncheck “Enable edge swipes.” But I did that too and use Windows button + C to make the charms appear when I want them.

          • Angela Ralston

            OMG. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU ARE BUT I LOVE YOU. THAT DAMN ANNOYING BAR IS GONE. IT ALWAYS POPPED UP WHILE I WAS IN ONLINE CLASS AND IT ENDED UP KICKING ME OUT CUZ IT NORMALLY POPPED UP WHILE I WAS TYPING. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

          • IHATEWINDOWS8.1

            Gardenwife… Thank You, Thank You, Thank you!

          • Jessalyn Wise

            Hi. You may still have the option of disabling edge swipes on your touchpad/mouse, but you may need to check in different places for the option: different laptops are made by different manufacturers, and things are not always in the same places. Control Panel > Mouse is probably the best place to start investigating. If that yields no results, perhaps Control Panel > Device Manager?

            Good luck! I worked for 3 days on my computer before finding this page with the touchpad solution in the comments. The registry edits work great fpr diabling the corners, but the edge swipe has to be disabled too in order to fix the problem completely (or at least that was my experience).

  • hello

    thank

  • Jan Petersen

    None of the steps work for me in 8.1, charms bar still on both dualscreens

  • Vietprincess80

    NONE of these methods worked for me either! This is so annoying, I hate Windows!!!

    • jim schall

      There is a setting within the mouse device that has an option to turn off edge swiping option. Once I disabled that, the ‘charms’ pop up stopped.
      I too tried stardock and several other downloads. None worked on the swiping function for charms. Start > type in Mouse > on my Lenovo, I picked tab ‘Elan’ then options and There is the option to disable edge swipe.

      • jen

        This is applicable on product to product basis and not on win 8.1 as a whole.

  • jim schall

    I found a solution that actually worked on my windows 8.1 for stopping the annoying swiping function for charms.

    There is a setting within the mouse device that has an option to turn off edge swiping option. Once I disabled that, the ‘charms’ pop up stopped.
    I too tried stardock and several other downloads. None worked on the swiping function for charms. Start > type in Mouse > on my Lenovo, I picked tab ‘Elan’ then options and There is the option to disable edge swipe.

    • Judy D. Green

      Thanks! I hated that charms bar! I did what tech said with registry and it didn’t work…but your tip did!

      • jim schall

        Glad it worked for you. That constant pop up was driving me crazy.

  • NO ONE SPECIAL TO YOU

    DO NOT USE WINAERO… IT IS A PROGRAM THAT DOWN LOADS SEARCH CONDUIT.. AND THAT PROGRAM IS A BITCH TO GET RID OF.. .ITS A FOLLOWER.. DONT USE IT!

    • YOUR MOM

      SEARCH CONDUIT IS SPY WARE… AND WINAERO HAS IT

  • nice1

    On my system I have Synaptics pointing device software which nicely gives you the option to disable the swiping. In Device Settings click Settings to get the advanced menu. I still like the corner click option to remain active…..

    • Jessalyn Wise

      Thank you immensely. I had hit a stress level of DEFCON 1 with the stupid popup “charms” bar (there’s a misnomer if ever I heard one!) constantly interrupting typing and scrolling at almost any movement on the touchpad. This has taken my $425 laptop from a piece of junk to a useful and fun computer. You have saved me such aggravation! :-)

  • Katherine

    I found the easiest way:

    - In desktop mode, right click on the start menu.
    - Click on Control Panel
    - Click “Ease of Access”
    - Click “Change How Your Mouse Works”
    - Then check the “prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen” box.

    • mani

      Sorry did not worked for me

  • Gemma W.

    Thanks for mentioning the charms killer app. The registry hack doesn’t work even after restarting Windows.

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      You’re welcome Gemma W.

  • JohnM

    I got rid of most of the charms by changing the Navigation Properties and making the registry change. However, if I am careful, when I move the mouse back and forth about an inch up from the bottom right corner, the charms return.

    I was not able to make the recommended Control Panel/Mouse change as recommended in several places. I have 8.1 Update. Perhaps this will be fixed in the August release

  • mani

    your solution for using The registry hack doesn’t work even after restarting Windows. what surprized me was that it worked for 1-2 hours then started comming back

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      This is odd. It should work permanently. Did you follow all the steps?

  • Miha

    Hello Ahmed. I tried the register method for removing the Charms Bar on two computers. I have followed the instructions very carefully and restarted Windows after finishing.

    Both computers have Windows 8.1 32 bit and on none worked. Any further suggestions?

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hello Miha,

      Did you try the ‘Charms Bar Killer’ method? I’m sure it will work. :)

      • Miha

        Hello Ahmed again!

        I would rather customize register than install such software but thank you anyway.

        Best wishes to you!

  • Holly

    This fix, editing the registry does not work. Wish I would have read comments before trying it. It takes forever for Windows 8.1 to reboot.

  • ThomasSoutar

    Had implemented registry fix in 32 bit DWord and 64 bit QWord prior to reading this and it didn’t work (on two identical OEM installed Win8.1 laptops).

    I Found that setting the sensitivity and speed much lower in mouse settings + disabling left, right and down swiping solved the “CHARM PROBLEM” completely without affecting anything else…(I mainly use keystrokes to navigate windows). Im also running classic start so it looks like a XP computer.

    P.S. Remember to click “apply” each time, before moving onto the next tab in your mouse settings – or else they revert to default values again!

  • chuwdu

    u made my day :)

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