Disable Charms Bar Hint in Windows 8

One feature in Windows 8 many may find to be annoying, is the activation of charms bar when your mouse moves to the right corners. Although the feature in Windows 8 lets you quickly access settings and perform searches while in the Modern UI environment, it pops open many a times when the mouse pointer accidentally goes near the top or bottom right side corner of the screen.

The issue however can be addressed with a bit of registry editing. There’s a registry hack that allows you to disable Charms bar completelybut that might not prove that useful. So, there’s a simple one. There’s a registry value that can be added to the registry editor so that the charms bar does not show up when the mouse moves to the right side corners.

Disable Windows 8 Charms bar

You may right-click on the Windows 8.1 Taskbar and select properties to open Taskbar Properties box. Under Navigation tab, uncheck the When I point to the upper-right corner show the charms option.

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Click Apply and exit. Do note that this will disable the Charms bar, only when you point to the upper right corner.

There is another way out, by editing the registry.

Open the ‘Registry Editor’ first. To do so, right-click in bottom left corner to open Win+X menu, select Run, type regedit.exe and hit Enter.

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Now, in the ‘Registry Editor’ Windows that opens up on your computer screen search for the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell

Here, you will be required to create a new key. Right click in the right pane > New >  Key and name it EdgeUI.

Click on the newly created EdgeUI key and in the right pane, right-click and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it DisableCharmsHint and assign a value of 1 to it. Click OK and exit the Registry Editor.

You will now notice that when you move your mouse to the right side top or bottom corners, the charms bar will not appear.

To bring up the Charms Bar, you will have to move the mouse to the top or bottom right side corners and then move it to the center of the screen. Only then will the Charms Bar appear. Or you can use the Win+C hot keys too!

To restore the charges, simply delete the EdgeUI key. Do remember to create a system restore point first before editing the registry.

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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+.
  • Miofsnefiu

    it still appears

  • Lturchini

    Still shows up. Does regedit need to be “run as” admin?

  • LIZ

    Still shows up.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Well, you guys are maybe doing something wrong somewhere. It has worked for me, and that’s the way I have kept it on my computer. Try again carefully. :)

    Mind you, the Charms Bar does not disappear, it just stops appearing after you move the pointer to the right-side corners. It will however appear only after you move the mouse to the right-center.

  • Meston Darren

    Works like a charm!! Now it doesn’t show up if I overshoot when trying to close a window, but I can still access by moving from top right down to right middle with cursor. Thank you, this was bugging me for ages.

  • subn00b

    I know this article is about disabling the hint corner hot spots and that works for me but you mention “There’s a registry hack that allows you to disable it completely but the trick might not prove that useful” – could you share this?

  • Guest

    Didn’t fucking work and my Regedit looked exactly the same as yours is depicted. Thank you for your spam ware.

  • dfsdfofff

    Doesn’t work. I think it has something to do with my Win8 version. 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation.

  • john

    doesn’t work. was better when I first made the edit but now – nothing.

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