How to Disable Hot Corners (Charms Bar, Start Screen Thumbnail, App Switch List) in Windows 8?

If you are using the latest Microsoft operating system Windows 8 RTM, you must be knowing about the new hot corners. Microsoft has introduced hot corners in Windows 8 which help you in accessing useful stuff quickly and easily.

When you move your mouse cursor to bottom-left corner, it shows you a small Start Screen thumbnail to go to Start Screen.


When you move the cursor to top-left corner, the app switch list is shown so that you can switch between running apps.


If you move your cursor to top-right corner or bottom-right corner, the new Charms Bar is shown containing direct shortcuts to Search, Share, Start Screen, Device Manager and Settings.


Although hot corners were designed to help Windows 8 users but sometimes you might find them annoying when they come on the screen accidentally.

Recently we posted about a Registry tweak which helps you in disabling Charms Bar hint in Windows 8:

How to Disable Charms Bar Hint in Windows 8?

And today in this topic, we are going to share a trick to disable all hot corners in Windows 8.

To disable hot corners in Windows 8, we'll take help of our favorite freeware Classic Shell which also helps you in bringing back Start button and Start Menu and skipping Start Screen in Windows 8.

Actually a new version 3.6 of Classic Shell has been released which comes with a new option to disable all hot corners in Windows 8.

So if you also want to disable all hot corners including Start Screen thumbnail, Charms Bar and app switch list in Windows 8, follow these simple steps:

1. First download Classic Shell using following link:

Download Classic Shell

2. After installing Classic Shell, click on the new Start button which is added to Taskbar by this freeware. It'll open Classic Start Menu Settings window.

Alternatively, you can right-click on Start button in Taskbar and select Settings option.

3. Now click on "All Settings" radio button present at the bottom of the Settings window and go to "Windows 8 Settings" tab.

4. Here the option "Disable active corners" would be set to "Start screen". Click on "All" radio button and apply the changes.


5. That's it. It'll immediately disable all hot corners in Windows 8.


If you still get Charms Bar on your Windows 8/8.1 computer, try to turn off "Enable Edge Swipes" or similar option present in "Control Panel -> Mouse" properties to disable Charms Bar gesture as mentioned in following tutorial:

[Fix] Charms Bar Randomly Appears on Windows 8/8.1 Devices

Do you like the new hot corners in Windows 8? Please share your feedback about this new feature of Windows 8 in your comment...

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