Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 with the Windows 8.1 upgrade

One of the unpopular features in Windows 8 was the appearance of the Charms Bar, every time your mouse moved to the upper-right or bottom-right corners. Although the feature in Windows 8 lets you quickly access settings and perform searches while in the Metro environment, it popped open many a times when the mouse pointer accidentally went near the top or bottom right side corner of the screen.

Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1

Windows 8 users needed to edit the registry to disable the Charms bar. Windows 8.1 users now have a UI that lets them disable Charms bar easily and quickly. All you need to do is right-click on the Windows 8.1 taskbar and select Properties. This will open the Taskbar properties box.

disable charms bar windows 8 1 Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 with the Windows 8.1 upgrade

Under the Navigation tab, you will see the option When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms. This setting is checked and enabled by default. Uncheck it, click Apply and Exit.

That’s it!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • J.J. Lukas

    Neither of these worked. I have no “Navigation” tab in my Task Bar Properties box — I don’t know why, or how to get it either. Got freshly updated version of Windows 8 installed on this new comp. But I sure as heck want to get rid of that darned Charms Bar, because it continuously interrupts CDs and other programs form running smoothly/properly. Please Advise. Send response to jjlukas@live.com

  • Chrissy

    Spent all day and this not only doesn’t work, there is no hack for it that works, either.

  • Christine

    Hasn’t worked for me, either. I tried a patch that gave me a Win 7 start button but the charms bar still didn’t go away. It’s exhausting me!

  • christine

    I just tried another patch — Stardock’s Start8 — and that damned charms bar continues to randomly pop out!

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