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How to disable the edge panels (Charms Bar and Switcher) in Windows 8

Windows 8 has introduced the new "Modern UI", formerly known as Metro. The Start Menu was replaced with the brand new Start screen feature which splits the Windows UX into two separate worlds - world of Metro apps and the Classic Desktop. To switch between these two environments, Windows 8 offers two panels at the top left and top right edges of screen which are the Switcher and the Charms Bar.

The Charms Bar provides quick access to the following Charms: Search, Share, Start Screen, Devices and Settings:

The Charms bar appears when you move your mouse pointer to the top-right corner or bottom-right corner of the screen.

Switcher provides an easy way to switch between running Modern/Metro apps and the Desktop. Like the Charms Bar, it automatically appears on the screen as soon as you move your mouse to the top-left corner of the screen.

Both Switcher and Charms Bar are parts of Windows 8 Edge UI.

If you don't use the Modern UI and work mostly at the Classic desktop, you may find the Charms Bar and Switcher a bit annoying. In my case, they always accidentally appear when I am trying to close the window or access its menu. So I am going to share with you two simple tweaks which allow you to change the behavior of Edge UI. After applying these tweaks, the Edge UI panels will not appear when you move your mouse to the top left / top right corners. This does not mean that Switcher and Charms Bar will be completely disabled. You will still be able to show them using keyboard shortcuts.

The "Win+Tab" hotkey shows Switcher whereas the "Win+C" hotkey shows the Charms Bar.

How to disable the Edge UI panels aka Charms Bar and Switcher in Windows 8

  1. Open Registry Editor (press Win+R, type regedit.exe in Run dialog and press Enter) and go to key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell
  2. Create here a new key "EdgeUI".
  3. Select the EdgeUI key in the left pane and create two new DWORD values in the right pane of Registry Editor.
    • DisableTLcorner - stands for "Disable Top-Left corner". Set it to 1, and Switcher will not appear when you move your mouse to the top-left corner of the screen. Note that it will still appear if you move the pointer to the bottom-left corner and then move it upwards along the left edge of the screen.
    • 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. But as above, 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, both settings prevent the Edge UI panels from appearing accidentally. They will 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.

If you want to enable the default behavior of Switcher, simply set DisableTLcorner value to 0 or delete it. Same goes for DisableCharmsHint value - set it to 0 or delete it to enable the Charms Bar popup.

For those who prefer ready-made registry files:

Download Edge UI Tweaks

35 thoughts on “How to disable the edge panels (Charms Bar and Switcher) in Windows 8

  1. Nirmal TV

    Nice one, probably you can create a portable app which does these job, especially for people who are not good at editing registry and also like your previous other apps. Anwyays covered it on my blog as well.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is good idea to add these options in Close Threshold for Metro Apps

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  4. Jose_49

    Again. This site never cease to amaze me. Great job!

    Keep up the good work!

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  7. Steve

    Is there a way of making it persistent?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      But that is already persistent for me.

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  9. Kirk

    Nice tip, i couldn’t find anything on win8 corners configuration, any idea on how to change start menu position to top left ?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is just impossible

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  10. Grace

    I love the idea of this, as the charm bar is very annoying for me as well, but when I did this to the letter, nothing has changed. Even after restarting my computer, I still trigger the charm bar when I swipe my mouse anywhere on the screen.

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    1. Martty

      I agree. Did this per instructions and the annoying menus continue to appear everytime i swipe toward the left.

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  11. John Shue

    I might just go back to windows 7 because of this stupid charms bar thing. It makes it very difficult to type something out especially on a laptop… what was microsoft thinking?

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    1. sandi

      I agree and am SO DISHEARTENED. I did not want a new laptop nor a new OS – was perfectly happy with my win 7 etc when got hit by a trojan that killed my old laptop. now I have this HORRIBLE win 8 and am so unhappy, plus the laptop has a lot to be desired too.
      anyhow, not to go on – for three days I keep searching a way to turn off this charms bar and can not find a way, other then this registry thing. am not a super user so am afraid to do it. Downloaded the skip metro program and that changes nothing. Can any of you help me? I am getting no answers from anyone. I know it is a holiday but the “holiday” is the only time I have to set this stupid machine up and I can not take it any more then 5mins at a time due to charm bar and stupid synaptics touchpad….

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  12. nhymxu

    Can I disable edge panels only in desktop? And working in ModernUI (Metro) like stardock Start8?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      AFAIK, that is impossible with registry tweak. That is possible only via third-party software.

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  13. cstangor

    So I’ve installed skip metro suite and checked all of the skip choices. But nothing changes. I still get the opening menu and the charms bar still appears with mouse moves. I’m on a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook.

    Thanks

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      they should disappear after logoff/login

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      1. sandi

        Not working. any suggestions? have shut down, logged off, turned almost the whole freaking touchpad off, still all the same.

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          It must work. It works for most users

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          1. Daniele

            Doesn’t work here, as well.
            Even after the rebooting.

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  14. anonymous

    Will this disable the charms bar from constantly showing itself when i get anywhere near the right side of my computer’s touch pad?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      yes it is

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  15. Sandy

    I have never liked Win8 and its metro look. I installed Classic Start Menu (freeware) and disabled the metro screen and the Charm Bar. Now my PC function just like Win7. I am happy.

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    1. Drew

      Charms Bar is kicking my butt. How did you disable? Am using [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI]
      “DisableCharmsHint”=dword:00000001

      What am I missing?

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  16. David C Manfield

    None of these tweaks has worked for me. Is it possible that running Winero metrosuite (didn’t work) before this registry tweak has caused the failure of both?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No. Metrosuite can’t be a cause of the issue. Also, these tweaks do not disable whole panels, they just disable the “hint”: when you move the mouse pointer to the corner, the Charms/Switcher bar will not appear. But it will appear if you will move the mouse pointer from top to bottom of the screen at the left or right edge.

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  17. David

    This tweak does not work unfortunately. Is there a way to change the sensitivity.

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  18. Dana

    Same here — EdgeUI not working.
    I am having an addition problem — a full screen appears (no menu/task bar showing) prompting for Microsoft Account. I have to use Win key, then select Desktop — over and over and over again. Often this will appear immediately after the Charms bar, with no action on my part except to sit here and scream (not really — but close).

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  19. nigel

    hi, how do I stop the charm bar appearing on a touchscreen attached to my laptop. I’ve done all the above and it does noy appear on my laptop when I go to corners, or swipe in on touchpad. However, on the touchscreen (set up as a clone) it still appears on a right to left edge swipe?? I’ve tried everything, also tried ‘classic shell’ and ‘skipmetrosuite’ but none of these have stopped the charm bar on the touchscreen. Any ideas gratefully received . . .

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  20. Lester Ingber

    Does this work OK for Windows 8.1? I’d like to get some info before messing with the Registry.

    Thanks.

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  21. Ren

    After hours a swearing I finally found how to disable the charms bar by swiping from the right over the touchpad. You have to go into the control panel (old style, not the new thing), hardware, do a search for ‘synaptics’ and/or ‘clickpad’. In the synaptics config app there’s a tab that had the option of disabling ‘swype in from the edges’. Disabled that, no more accidental popups of the charms bar!

    No messing in the registry or installing apps required!

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