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How to disable the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar

OK. I am now officially annoyed by the charms bar that keeps appearing on the right side of my screen when I am trying to scroll down. For those of you who are also bugged by this feature here’s how to disable it:

  1. Open Registry Editor (press Win+R, type regedit.exe in the Run dialog and press Enter) and go to thiskey key:
  2. Now create a new key here named “EdgeUI“. This key might already be created if you have already tried disabling the charms bar by switching it off when pointing top-right with the mouse.
  3. Select the EdgeUI key in the left pane and create a new DWORD value in the right pane of the Registry Editor named DisableCharmsHint – Set it to 1 to disable the Charms bar when using the mouse. It will not appear when you move the pointer to the top-right or bottom-rights corners. If you move the pointer to the top-right corner and then move it down along the right edge of the screen (or from the bottom-right corner up to the screen center along the right edge), it’ll appear again.
    So, this setting prevents the Charms Bar panel from appearing accidentally. It should take effect immediately –  you do not need to restart Windows Explorer or log off. You will still be able to show them when you actually want to use them by simply pressing Win+C.

If you want to enable the default behaviour of the Charms Bar again set DisableCharmsHint value to 0 or delete it completely.