How to get rid of charms bar in windows 8.1

Many drawbacks were noticed in Windows 8.1 because of which it was not able to meet the expectations as expected. Apart from major drawbacks, there were several features which were useful to limited users but annoying for many users. One such feature was the charms bar, which was considered as the most annoying feature.

Charms bar is displayed on the right side of the screen, whenever you point your cursor on the right side. You can search, go to settings menu, and navigate many other shortcuts directly from charms bar menu. With such benefits, this feature doesn’t gain popularity as whenever you place the cursor over the close button, this menu is displayed which is quite annoying. It’s quite easy to get rid of charms bar in Windows 8.1. All you need to do is to follow the following steps.

How to get rid of charms bar in windows 8.1

Disable it from Taskbar menu

  • The fastest method to disable charms bar is through the taskbar properties. Right click on the taskbar and select settings. A dialog box will appear, now select ‘Navigation’. You will see an option ‘When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms’ disable it and click on Apply.

Disable it from Registry editor

Another method to disable charms bar is through Registry editor. First of all open registry editor. If you are not able to find the editor, then search for regedit.exe and open it. Now follow this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>ImmersiveShell.

  • Now, right click on the immersive shell and go to New>Key. Now rename the new key as ‘EdgeUI’. Next step is to right click on the EdgeUI key and go to New>DWORD (32-bit) value and then renaming it to DisableCharmsHint. Now, open the new DWORD and enter “1” as value data. Click ‘Ok’ and reboot your system to get rid of charms bar from your PC or Laptop.

Use charms bar killer to disable charms bar

  • You can also take help of a program called ‘charms bar killer’ to disable charms bar from your system. This is a free program designed and developed by WinAero and is being used by millions of Windows 8.1 users.
  • Whenever you install this program on your system, it will automatically disable the charms bar. Using this program you can also disable another Windows feature i.e. ‘app switcher’. So, install this program on your PC or Laptop and get rid of charms bar as well as app switcher.

These are some of the commonly used methods to disable charms bar in Windows 8.1. However, the most popular and simple method to disable this annoying feature is through task-bar properties as it doesn’t take more than a minute to kill charms bar.

Moreover, if you want to use this feature in future, then you need to follow the same steps. If you are unable to do it from this method, then follow-other method mentioned above, to disable it and you will never get annoyed with this feature again on your PC or Laptop.

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