Disable the charms bar in Windows 8

The charms bar in Windows 8 is that panel of icons that keeps on popping up on the right hand side of the screen. It can easily be triggered accidentally and it can be very irritating when you do this. How do you get rid of it?

It is not possible to completely disable it, but it can be partially disabled and a few simple tweaks can make using Windows 8 a lot less frustrating.

There are several different ways to activate the charms bar and one is to move the mouse pointer to the top right corner of the screen. This means that it is easy to trigger the charms when there is a window close button in the top right corner and it's frustrating when the charms pops up when you reach for it with the mouse.

Press Windows+C to open the charms bar (that's another way to open it), and select Settings, Change PC settings. Go to PC and Devices, Corners and Edges. There is an option to turn off the top right corner, which shows the charms. Click the switch to disable it.

Disable charms

That's just about all you can do if you have a desktop PC, but there is an additional charms problem with laptops. Accidentally touching the trackpad in a certain way can trigger the charms bar to appear on the screen. When moving your hands, typing, using the trackpad or resting your hands while typing can all accidentally cause the charms to appear.

What you need to do to prevent this problem is press Windows+X and select Control Panel from the menu in the bottom left corner. Open Synaptics ClickPad, or open Mouse and see if there is a tab for configuring the trackpad. Look for an option like Enable Edge Swipes:

Synaptics ClickPad

Disabling this option will prevent the charms bar from appearing if you accidentally brush the trackpad. It is probably the major cause of charms frustration on laptops. You can still access the charms bar when it is needed and you just need to press Windows+C or move the mouse into the bottom right corner of the screen.


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