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How Can I Get Rid Of Windows 8 Charms Bar?

Saturday, January 4th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Windows 8
 
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Karen from Idaho writes:

I want to get rid of the stupid charm bar in and especially the “clock” that keeps popping up in my way.  The charm bar needs to be transparent not wipe out what you are trying to read and made narrower.  And the clock can go completely after all it is down in the corner of the screen! I have found no way to shut it off.  Nor have I found a way to narrow the charms bar and make it transparent.  When I want it is when it decides to hide completely.  And after 7 months I still hate Win 8 and advise others not to purchase.

Karen, the Charms Bar is only supposed to display when you select it and it should disappear as soon as you click or tap off it.  You activate them in one of two ways. Either by swiping from the right or by moving your mouse or touchpad pointer to the upper or lower right corner. 

Try to keep your mouse away from the very far right corners and stay away from the very far right of your touchpad when you’re using Windows 8.1. It sounds like you are accidentally activating it. I’ve not experienced this issue myself with Windows 8.1, but it seems some touchpads on certain computer models are very sensitive.  But don’t worry, it’s really easy to turn off.

 You will need to start with that dreaded Charms Bar and type  Mouse and touchpad settings. Then tap or click on the results.

The PC and devices screen will open. Select Corners and edges on the left.

You’ll see this screen with App switching and Corner navigation options.

Turn Corner navigation off by grabbing the little slider and moving it to Off.

That should make your Windows 8 experience more pleasant.

~ Cynthia

 

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3 Responses to “How Can I Get Rid Of Windows 8 Charms Bar?”

  1. George Hilbert says:

    Why would someone want to get rid of the Charms Bar. It is one of the best features of WIN8 and the system does not function as well without it. If you don’t like the Charms Bar, you should probably just run a WIN7 emulator (there are many)..and be happy with the crippled system.

  2. Jo Ann Oxsen says:

    I have the same problem Karen has (on my Acer Aspire laptop)and turning off the corners does not help. These charms pop up when I’m not even close to the right side of the screen. Very annoying!

  3. Karen says:

    I tell you why I want to get rid of it… It is always in the road. Every time I point to the scroll in the bottom right corner it pops up. And you can’t see a blasted thing through that stupid clock to where you could just leave the charms bar there. And it is way to wide.
    I tried going back to Win 7. Bought the disk… locked my computer totally. Had to reinstall the stupid Win 8. After 8 months you would think I would at least start to like it.. NOOOOOOOO. dislike it more and more. Even reading the instructions to shut it off did not do. Had to look all over the computer to find it. By instructions I kept coming to a site that had videos touting the “New Windows8″………… Reading now where they are coming out with Win 9… will wait to see how that is. May update to it. Otherwise think I will just put the Win 7 on my XP and put this new one back into the box.

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