How to disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8

Windows 8

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is how to disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8.

The Charms Bar appears on the right hand side of the screen, when you swipe from right to left, or if you touch the right hand corners of the tablet / touchpad.

Windows 8 Charms Bar

The quickest and easiest way I found to disable it is to use a setting in Classic Shell, the program that you can use to add a Start Menu to the Windows 8 Desktop Mode.

Classic Shell can be downloaded from here if you don’t have it already.

So to disable the Charms Bar:

Right click the Classic Shell icon, and select Settings.

Classic Shell Settings

Select the Windows 8 Settings. Then select the All radio button.

Classic Shell Windows 8 Settings

Click OK, and you’re done.

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0 thoughts on “How to disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8

    1. Jerry Cox

      Thank you so much…those ‘Charms’ are a load of irritating carp – or, rather they were! Why doesn’t Microsoft tell you how to get rid on onscreen help?

  1. Jeff

    This seems to work well for most of the time, but when typing in Word, it pops up far too often. I wonder why Word overrides this feature of Classic Shell?

  2. Will

    This unfortunately has not worked for me no matter what program I’m using – email or Lightroom. I also tried the popular registry hack but did not work. Please please let me know if you find something that works for everyone.
    Every time I swipe left using my touch tablet – up pops the Charms bar & Date… its maddening… Thank-you

  3. casio

    Right-left gestures will still bring up charm bar (Windows Classic shell only disables corners). It’s easy to fix though. Just go to control panel>mouse. Disable edge swipes.


      Thanks Casio, that’s only if you have a touch pad.

      For a normal mouse on a desktop pc, from the start screen select settings, change pc settings, pc and devices, corner and edges.

    2. Jerry Cox

      Thanks, Casio. I think you have to possess psychic powers to know how to get a PC working properly. I’ve changed that setting, plus the annoying “zoom” and “pinch” features that were also plaguing me! So fingers crossed… and a two-finger salute to the person who dreamt up all this useless garbage!

  4. Dana

    None of this will disable the edge swipe on the MS Surface 2.0. There is no “disable edge swipes” setting.

  5. TLH

    For the love of all that is good in this world, THANK YOU. I only wish I had found this 9 months ago. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!