A Guide to Controlling and Deactivating the Charms Bar in Windows 8

A Guide to Controlling and Deactivating the Charms Bar in Windows 8

Hey there, curious computer users like you! Today, I want to talk about a Windows 8 feature that might have left you scratching your head: the Charms Bar. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this article, I will show you not one, but two ways to manage and disable this confounding feature.

Now, let’s dive right in and explore these options.

Option 1: The Settings Way

First, let’s take a look at managing the Charms Bar through the settings. To start, I’ll guide you step-by-step.

1. Place your cursor in the upper or lower-right corner of your screen. This trick will reveal the Charms Bar.

2. Next, move your mouse pointer downward, then click on the “Settings” icon.

3. After that, select “Change PC settings” located at the bottom of the screen.

4. A new window will pop up. Here, you’ll find a variety of settings to choose from. Focus your attention on the “PC and devices” tab.

5. Within “PC and devices,” you’ll see an option called “Corners and edges.” Click on it to proceed.

6. In this menu, you’ll come across a slider labeled “When I swipe in from the left edge, switch directly to my most recent app.” Move the slider to the “Off” position to disable this feature.

7. Finally, close the settings window, and voila! The Charms Bar will no longer appear when you swipe from the left.

Option 2: The Registry Way

If you’re feeling adventurous, there is a second option available to you. This method involves the Windows registry. Now, I must emphasize that the registry is a sensitive area, so exercise caution as you proceed.

1. Begin by opening the “Run” dialog box. You can do this by simultaneously pressing the Windows key and the “R” key on your keyboard.

2. Once the “Run” dialog box appears, type “regedit” (without the quotation marks) and hit Enter. This will open the registry editor.

3. Within the registry editor, navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell” by expanding the folders in the left-hand panel.

4. Locate a DWORD entry named “DisableCharmsHint.” Should you not find such an entry, don’t worry. Simply proceed to the next step.

5. If you did find the “DisableCharmsHint” entry, double-click on it and set the value data to “1.” This will disable the Charms Bar.

6. If the “DisableCharmsHint” entry was not present, right-click on an empty area within the right-hand panel. From the context menu, select “New” and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value.”

7. Rename the newly created entry to “DisableCharmsHint” and set the value data to “1.”

8. Close the registry editor, restart your computer, and watch as the Charms Bar becomes a thing of the past.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned two methods to conquer the Charms Bar in Windows 8. Whether you choose the settings route or the registry journey, you are now equipped to tame this feature that once bewildered you.

So go forth, my friend, and reclaim control over your Windows 8 experience. Happy navigating!

Two Ways to Manage and Disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8

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The Charms Bar in Windows 8 is a bar of icons that slides in from the right side of the screen when you swipe on a touch device or click in the lower-right or upper-right corners of the screen with a mouse. This bar has important functions like app settings, PC settings, device control, sharing options, and the ability to search your PC or current app.

Now, if you use Windows 8 primarily on a desktop with a mouse and keyboard, you may find the Charms Bar distracting. It can be frustrating when you accidentally trigger it by moving the mouse to the right corners of the screen. But don’t worry, I’ll show you two ways to manage and disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8.1.

Let’s start with disabling the upper-right Charms Bar hot corner. Some Windows 8 users want to keep the Charms Bar but limit the chances of accidentally triggering it with the mouse. Microsoft provides an option to disable the hot corner Charms Bar trigger when you move your mouse cursor into the top-right corner of your screen.

To do this, go to your Desktop, right-click on the Taskbar, and choose “Properties.” In the Taskbar and Navigation Properties window, click on the “Navigation” tab and uncheck the box labeled “When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms.” Click “Apply” to save your change. Now, when you move your mouse cursor to the upper-right corner of your screen, the Charms Bar won’t appear. You can still access it by moving your mouse to the lower-right corner of the screen. This way, you can still access the important functions of the Charms Bar while minimizing frustration.

If you want to disable the Charms Bar completely, especially on the Desktop, you can use a third-party app called Start8. This app, which costs $5, not only brings back the Start Menu but also lets you disable or control the Charms Bar interface.

To get Start8, download and install it from the website. After installation, open the Start8 Configuration window. You can find it in File Explorer at “C:Program Files (x86)StardockStart8Start8Config.exe.”

In the Start8 Configuration window, go to the “Desktop” section and check the option that says “Disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the Desktop.” You don’t need to reboot; the change will be applied immediately. With this option enabled, you can move your mouse around all edges of the Windows 8 Desktop without triggering any menu, bar, or option.

If you want more control, you can modify the sub-options in Start8 to only disable the Charms Bar but leave the app switcher enabled, or vice versa. Remember, these changes are not permanent, and you can always go back to the default settings by unchecking the desired box in the Start8 options.

The great thing about Start8 is that it only disables the Charms Bar on the Desktop. When you use the Windows 8 Start Screen or a Modern Metro app, you can still access the Charms Bar when needed. Plus, Start8 also brings back the Desktop Start Menu, which is its primary purpose.

Some may argue that users shouldn’t have to rely on third-party workarounds to make Windows 8 work the way they want. Well, it seems like Microsoft is taking this feedback seriously with the development of Windows 10. But until Windows 10 is released in the second half of 2015, Windows 8 desktop users can at least make their operating system less frustrating with these methods to manage or disable the Charms Bar.

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