How To Disable Charms Bar In Windows 8.1

If you’re constantly annoyed by the Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 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 SearchShareStart ScreenDevices 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 the 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 feels 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.

ALSO READ: How To Disable All Chrome Extensions With One Click.

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 the 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

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.

You can download it from here.                 Download

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 startup, as well as hide its 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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  1. A.S May 11, 2018

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