Make The Charms Bar Less Annoying In Windows 8.1 By Partially Disabling It

Charms bar is one of the new features introduced with Windows 8 and lets you quickly access search, settings, devices and share charms. The Charms bar can be revealed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 by moving the mouse cursor to the upper or lower-right corner of the screen or by simultaneously pressing Windows logo and C keys. Touch screen users can access the same by swiping-in from the right edge of the screen.

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Ever since the release of Windows 8.1, a number of blogs have covered how to disable the Charms bar in Windows 8.1 without using third-party tools. All guides out there suggest you right-click on the Taskbar, click Properties, switch to Navigation tab, and then uncheck the option titled When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms. Some blogs suggest you uncheck the same option in PC settings to disable the Charms bar.

The truth is that one can’t completely disable the Charms bar by unchecking the above mentioned option in Taskbar and Navigation Properties or in PC settings. In other words, the option helps you partially disable the Charms bar, as you can still reveal the Charms bar by pointing the mouse cursor to the lower-right corner of the screen.

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In order to completely disable the Charms bar in Windows 8.1, you have to use free tools such as Metro Killer, Skip Metro Suite or Classic Shell software. Wouldn’t it be cool if it was possible to prevent Windows 8.1 from showing the Charms bar when you point mouse pointer to the lower or upper-right corner of the screen and make is less annoying?

Yes, it’s possible to restrict Charms bar from appearing when you move mouse pointer to the top or bottom-right corner of the screen. Complete the below mentioned instructions to make the Charms bar less annoying in Windows 8.1.

Step 1: Open Run dialog box by simultaneously pressing Windows + R keys. In the box, type Regedit.exe and then press Enter key to open Registry Editor. Click Yes button when you see the UAC box.

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Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:


Step 3: On the right-side, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value, rename it as DisableCharmsHint and then change its value from the default 0 (zero) to 1 (one).

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Step 4: Close Registry Editor, sign-out and then sign-in again to apply the tweak. That’s it!

From here on, Windows won’t show you the Charms bar when you move the mouse pointer to the upper or lower right-corner of the screen. However, you can still access the Charms bar by either moving the mouse pointer from the top-right corner to the bottom right-corner (or vice versa) or pressing Windows + C keys.

And if you would like to completely disable the Charms bar, use Skip Metro Suite.


  1. Real Computer User says

    I am about to throw my laptop because of this stupid charm shit! All I want is a computer that I can use my design software and not have to deal with this pesky sidebar charm crap!!! Quite making OS that is for teenage girls that fakebook and twitter all dam day!!!!

  2. Bean says

    Worked brilliantly once I disabled the charms in the top corner first. Now it only comes up when I swipe from bottom right corner to top right corner. Thanks!

  3. Steve says

    Doesn’t work in 8.1, they’ve moved the EdgeUI key to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows – however the DisableCharmsHint DWORD value doesn’t work.

  4. Ray says

    Didn’t work. My Regedit.exe didn’t match the directions beyond immersiveshell edgeUI didn’t exist?

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