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.
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.
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.
Now navigate to the following registry key in Registry Editor:
Now go to ImmersiveShell > New > Key from the context menu, and then name the new Key as EdgeUI.
Right-click the EdgeUI key, point to New, DWORD (32-bit) Value and then name the new DWORD as DisableCharmsHint.
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.
Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 Using Charms Bar Killer
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.
Voila! You’re now free from the ever distracting hot corners of Windows 8.1.
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