How to disable Charms bar hint in Windows 8/8.1

By Saransh Kataria | Updated 20 Mar 2014
How to disable Charms bar hint in Windows 8/8.1
  • Are you annoyed by the charms bar whenever you want to close or minimize a window in Windows 8 and above? If yes, then here's a hack for you that will disable it on such action.

The latest operating system by Microsoft has a built in navigation bar called charms which provides quick access to settings, devices, search and sharing functions. But this bar can be a pain sometimes when using a non-touch device. I accidentally keep moving my mouse pointer towards the corners sometimes and then I have to shake it off to get rid of the bar. So if you feel that you have no use of this feature and is annoying as well, you can do this registry hack that allows you to modify the charms bar and disable it. After this, your bar will not come up when you take your mouse pointer to the corner of the screen but instead appears only when you take it to the corner and move the cursor up or down the edge of the screen. This isn’t completely disabling the bar since it is a useful addition but just modifying the situations in which it would appear.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press “Windows Key R” to open the run dialogue box and type in regedit and hit enter.
     

  2. Navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\”


     

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  3. Right Click here and select New -> Key from the menu and give the key name as EdgeUI.
     

  4. Towards the right side pane of the screen, where it shows a default key, right click and create a DWORD (32 bit) DisableCharmsHint with its value set to 1.

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  5. Save the settings.

    Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer (or a log off and log in will work as well) in order for the changes to take effect.

    Note: If you ever wish to enable it back, delete the Key you created or set its value to 0 and do a restart.

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