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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:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell
  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.
    Regedit
    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.