[Fix] Charms Bar Randomly Appears on Windows 8/8.1 Devices
Most of you might be aware of the new Charms Bar feature introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Its a new type of toolbar which is auto-hidden by default but can be shown on screen by moving your mouse cursor to top-right corner or bottom-right corner of the screen, that's why its also known as a Hot Corner feature. It can also be accessed using Win+C hotkey.
But most of the Windows 8/8.1 users don't like this feature. They find it annoying and want to permanently disable it. That's why we posted exclusive tutorials to turn Charms Bar off in Windows 8 and 8.1:
- How to Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8?
- How to Disable Charms Bar in Windows 8.1?
- How to Disable Charms Bar Hint in Windows 8?
The above tutorials help you in permanently disable Charms Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 but still sometimes a few users are unable to get rid of the annoying Charms Bar. It still appears on screen randomly even if they didn't move the mouse cursor to top-right or bottom-right corners of screen.
In such situations, most of the times the Charms Bar appears on screen when the user moves the mouse cursor or swipe from middle-right area of the screen.
If you disabled Charms Bar using above mentioned tutorials but it still appears randomly on screen, you might be using a touch-enabled Windows 8/8.1 device such as tablet, laptop with touchpad or All-In-One PC.
Actually all touch-enabled devices come with 3rd party drivers and applications preinstalled and one of these preinstalled applications is responsible for this annoying behavior of Charms Bar.
All computer brands install required drivers and software for the touchpad or touchscreen of your touch-enabled device and this software program contains a few options to access Charms Bar using gestures, etc. These extra options cause this strange behavior of Charms Bar.
Solution is very simple. You just need to disable the gesture setting to access Charms Bar. You'll find the options in Mouse settings present in Control Panel.
Just follow these simple steps to get rid of the annoying Charms Bar permanently on Windows 8/8.1:
NOTE: We are using a Dell touch laptop to write these steps. The steps will be similar in all other brands such as HP, Sony, Samsung, Asus, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, HCL, etc.
STEP 1. Open Control Panel, change View by type to Large icons and click on Mouse icon. Alternatively, you can directly open Mouse settings window by running main.cpl command using RUN dialog box or Start search box.
STEP 2. It'll open Mouse Properties window. Now look for a tab with the name "Touchpad" or "Device Settings" or "Synaptics Settings" or a similar name. Once you find such tab, click on it.
STEP 3. The tab will allow you to directly edit touchpad settings or will contain a link to launch touchpad settings window.
STEP 4. Once you open touchpad settings window, look for options similar to any of the following:
- Enable edge swipes
- Edge swipe
- Left edge swipe
- Right edge swipe
- Top edge swipe
STEP 5. To completely disable Charms Bar, you need to turn these Edge Swipes options off. Uncheck all options related to edge swipe and save settings.
If you can't find any option to customize touchpad settings in Control Panel as mentioned in previous method, you can try following Registry tweak to make the trackpad edge swipe zones smaller:
1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_3\Right Edge Pull
Please note that the key name may slightly differ in your computer.
3. In right-side pane, double-click on LoYRel and change its value to 99999
You can note down the previous value in case you are not happy with the output and decide to restore the value in future.
Setting the value to 99999 will decrease the "Hot" or "Landing" active zone on your computer screen. The higher the value, the smaller the zone. So when you move your mouse pointer on screen corners, the charms bar and calendar will no longer pop up on screen.
You can still access the charms bar by going to the extreme top-right or bottom-right corners of screen and then swiping down or up or a little towards the center of the screen. Of course, you can also access Charms Bar using WIN+C hotkey.
Thanks to our reader "Fran Heredia" for sharing this alternative method...
That's it. It'll completely disable Charms Bar and it'll no longer appear on screen. You can still access Charms Bar by pressing Win+C keys together if you want.
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