Winaero Charms Bar Killer

Specially for touchpad users: if app "does not work" for you, please refer to this article: How to disable Metro edge swipes and touch charms bar gestures for trackpads (touchpads) in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Even if you recently switched to Windows 8.1, you probably noticed new features which allow you to disable top left corner, top right corner and skip Start screen to boot directly to Desktop. Those options are accessible inside properties of the taskbar:

However, there is still no way to rid of Charms Bar completely. For example, the bottom right corner can't be disabled using OS settings. So I decided to fix it and made this simple app: Winaero Charms Bar Killer

This app can kill the top left corner, the top right corner and the bottom right corner in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. This can be handy for Windows 8 users too since they do not have options to disable those active corners.Use the tray icon to change application options and behavior. You can change the following settings:
  • Run at startup - will run the application every time Windows starts.
  • Hide tray icon - will hide the tray icon of application. The application will remember this setting and will not show the tray icon even when you restart it. To show it again, run Winaero Charms Bar Killer once again.
  • Kill Charms Bar - will disable the top right corner and the bottom right corner in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.
  • Kill Top Left Corner - will disable the top left corner (switcher).

Please note!

After you have disabled these active corners, exit the application and restart the Explorer shell to get them back!

Winaero Charms Bar Killer supports the following OS:
Windows 8.1 x86
Windows 8.1 x64
Windows 8 x86
Windows 8 x64

No separate version for x64 is required, the application works well on both versions.

Winaero Charms Bar Killer if freeware, portable app and does not require .NET framework.

Download: Winaero Charms Bar Killer

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Dave Johnson | 23 Nov 13

It is a good thing that you write programs to help people customize their PCs. I wonder though, why someone would want to kill the Charms Bar. Anyway, I am sure you have made many people happy!

Zanti | 24 Nov 13

Maybe you should add the option to kill that f**k info screen that pops up in the lower left side of the screen EVERY time you open the charms bar.

MBrown | 24 Nov 13

This doesn't work in my build of 8.1 x64, bottom right corner is still active.

Erik | 25 Nov 13

Hey Dave J,

Many users like me have the charms bar popping up when they try to go to X out a window in the top right corner or when normally browsing around using the touchpad. If you are on a desktop it is not much of an issue but on a laptop using a touchpad its a nightmare.. If you add up the lost productivity in TIME with the millions of people having this issue then some lives have been lost and the blood is on MS for trying to force more crap on us.

Paula | 30 Nov 13

Your product was the last of a long line of registry edits and programs I've used to try to get rid of the right Charms Bar. I'm using Windows 8.1 and used the option it "provides", but still, no good. In my long search I've read many comments against the bars and for those who wonder why, here's why. Every time, every ...time, my finger goes anywhere near the right on my touchpad, the right menu bar and center date and time appear on my screen. Did I say every time? My cursor might be at the bottom left of the screen but if I am moving it, reading, shopping, surfing - anything - with my finger(s) near the right of my touchpad, up come the bars in black. Then, if I was about to click on something, I first have to get rid of the bars. Oh, just tried to edit my comment and guess what? I read one person say they actually placed some tape over the right side of his touchpad and another who returned her computer for a Mac because of this. Sorry to rant, I'm just so fed up. Thank you, though, for trying. You've got lots of great tips.

Jeff | 07 Dec 13

This Charms Bar Killer seems to do nothing for me, which is a real bummer because this stupid charms bar is so disruptive when I'm trying to use my laptop. I downloaded your thing and the weird thing is that if I try to trigger the charms bar on purpose I can't, but all day I'll trigger it accidentally, it's like there's no rhyme or reason to it, the slightest touch on my my touchpad can make it pop up at any moment. It's a pain in the ass, I just want a way to permanently disable it and never see it again. That or I'm downgrading to Windows 7.

Erin | 09 Dec 13

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I had tried absolutely every fix I could find, including editing the registry, and nothing else worked. For those who said it didn't work: For Jeff, go to control panel>hardware and sound>mouse>device settings>settings. From there you can adjust a lot of the trackpad settings, including DISABLE EDGE SWIPES. I had to do that too -- it's a separate issue. For the others, I think they're having the same problem I had after I installed Charms Bar Killer -- there are a couple of settings that need to be tweaked. After installing and restarting, go to the arrow in the Notification tray at the right of the taskbar and customize it so notifications for Charms Killer show (you may have to make the icon and notifications show the first time). Right click on the Charms Bar Killer icon and make sure "run at startup," "kill charms bar," and "kill top left corner" are all checked. When I restarted, I had to wait until it tried to launch Charms Killer, and then I got a popup asking me if I want to run that "unknown" software -- uncheck the check box.

Brian | 21 Dec 13

I inslalled your charm bar killer on a Windows 8.1 laptop. At first it worked perfectly keeping the charm bar from popping up while I was using the trackpad. The next morning when I started my laptop from hibernation the problem came back and for several days the charm bar pops up at random while I am moving the mouse around. I cannot make it happen so it doesn't seem to be a specific mouse movement. I have exited the Explorer and restarted it via the task manager. Do you have any suggestions for me. The constant charms bar popping up is driving me mad! Thanks

Johnny | 05 Jan 14

I'm running 8 and it works like a charm for me.

Olyhouse | 13 Jan 14

The damn charms bar can still get accidentally swiped in from the right. This problem is BULLSHIT! I'm going back to WIN 7.

Dupek | 18 Jan 14

Works very well on Win 8.1 64 bit. Thanks

Sawyer | 24 Jan 14

thank you so much Erin. You probably won't read this but I'm naming my first child after you

EdDart | 07 Feb 14

How do I un-install?

Sergey | 07 Feb 14
Comments: 478

Read the text in red.

lindsiknapke | 08 Feb 14

Okay, so I downloaded the software, and it does exactly what it says it does... Disables from the corners.

Buuuuuut... What about just plain swiping in from the right side? I can't figure out how to get rid of that part.

kmizser | 12 Feb 14

Please add the option to disable charms bar popping up by swiping in from the right side.

Sergey | 15 Feb 14
Comments: 478

kmizser, lindsiknapke, please look here:
How to disable Metro edge swipes and touch charm gestures for trackpads (touchpads) in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

BootyBump | 18 Feb 14

Unfortunately, Synaptics (and Gigabyte, as the stock TP driver also has this) have decided to get rid of the hugely useful 'Edge Swipes' feature..It is not available in the default v17.0.18.0, with the latest,, as well as the previous,, drivers having been released without a digital signature file therefore causing upteen headache and not installable by anyone on the internet (no not even with digital signature revocation turned off!). I have tried the registry hack, turning off the hot corners (but I never had a problem with this) and also this CharmBarKiller but NONE of the methods work!

I have just bought a new laptop and was going to just wipe and install Win 7 Ultimate but decide to get aquainted with Win 8, and in 3 days it's gotten on my nerves many times especially with this f**king unCharming bar. I was clever enough to spend a day getting rid of the annoying sh*te that MS has forced upon everyone but this blasted edge swipe Charms popup I cannot for the life of me get rid of.

Charles | 06 Mar 14

Works great on my Toshiba Laptop with windows 8.1. Thanks for your work.

eugenyk | 08 Mar 14

Itshould be disabled also in touchpad settings

Guest | 17 Mar 14

Great fix for the stupid charms bar. It is so annoying and CONSTANTLY popping up when using the touch pad on my laptop from swiping the screen and swiping the touch pad edge. Works great after I disabled edge swipe in touch pad controls! Thanks!

For folks who might not know, there is a program running in system tray (bottom right corner) that controls the touch pad on laptops, you must disable edge swipes in there as well to totally kill the charms bar.

Mine is a Synaptics So I have to go to mouse properties/device settings/settings and then disable edge swipes.

Guest | 21 Mar 14

Grrrrr so darn frustrating, I've tried your app and Classic Shell but neither are blocking Windows 8 x 64 charm bars from popping up on my screen which is so frustrating when I'm trying to work. even desensitizing the touchpad mouse hasn't worked ( Brand New Lenova G505s).

Microsoft appear to have us all to ransom, try buying a new laptop or desktop from any retailer without Windows 8 installed is impossible. It seems I have no option other to than to get rid of Windows 8 and reinstall 7 from my retail copy.

Guest111101 | 26 Mar 14

On IBM thinkpad when I swipe from left to right, the charmBarm still comes up.
I have tried everything, the only option left is to throw the laptop away.
To Microsoft: A feature that makes the computer unusable should not be a mandatory feature!!!

Anonymous | 09 Apr 14

thank you so much for this program, windows 8 was driving me nuts

Azhrei | 12 Apr 14

Is there any way of stopping the program from notifying me it's running every time I start Windows? It's becoming very annoying.

eidylon | 14 Apr 14

just fyi, while this seems to work great for mouse corners, on a Surface Pro device, you can still swipe in from the right edge of the screen and get the charms bar. :-/

bob | 17 Apr 14

unfortunately this doesn't actually kill the charms bar, you can still swipe in from the right to center of the screen and the charms bar still appears.

Deguwitchrose | 28 Apr 14

Going into the mouse settings (as someone suggested above) and removing the ability to swipe worked for me. I was being driven up the wall by that damn charms bar but it never comes up now.

Pikanjoe | 29 Apr 14

Is this Charm Bar Killer program supposed to work with all Browsers including chrome or is it limited to IE?

dick wong | 03 May 14

awesome good done guy!
it make people get rid of windows charms bar!

I hate Windows 8 | 05 Jun 14

Worst mistake of my life was getting a windows 8 laptop.

Windows 8 is a car crash.

Nothing works properly. it is slow and inefficient. Not even f8 works any more so if you need to boot into safe mode it is unnecessarily complicated.

I use Advanced System Care on my win 7 PC and win 8 laptop and it finds many more faults with the win 8 laptop.

I don't know what Microsoft were smoking when they created win 8. It must have been some heavy shit.

It does not work period | 16 Jun 14

Winaero Charms Bar Killer does not kill the bottom right corner on Windows 8.1

It does not work at all with Google Chrome | 16 Jun 14

How come it does not work with Google Chrome? I.E is the worst of all browsers and the only one CBK works with.

I even can't download this software | 19 Jun 14

I tried to download it about 10 times, and all I got was some sort of "downloader", not the charm killer.

I did change the registries on my computer, but the charms keep coming back. I can't imagine a dumper design like that. How on earth can people avoid swiping their mouse right to left by accident? It's illogical beyond belief.

Robert | 05 Jul 14

Not work accer 8.1 but not instruction how to remouved this program It look am stock with

Pangloss | 21 Jul 14

I have the Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad. Charms Bar Killer did not work for me, nor did any combination of tweaks to the touchpad properties. However, I only started having this problem a few weeks ago, and I discovered that driver had been updated on July 4. So I rolled it back, and that took care of the problem. If you have this software, try rolling back to version of the driver dated 3/10/10.

alex | 27 Jul 14

Pangloss, I have the same problem on ASUS PS/2 Port ClickPad. Charms bar Killer usually works well, but about 10-20 times a day - it spontanously block the mouse and open Chrams Bar. So, can you say me what's the driver should I roll back? The driver of touchpad or the driver of Winaero?

Anonymous | 29 Jul 14

I have installed but the charms and clock appear from lower right corner

guest | 04 Aug 14

Works fine after you read the red line and do what it says! Thanks Thosiba a 8.1

Anonymous | 18 Aug 14

App fails to hide charms where a second or third monitor placed to the left of the primary monitor

Fitaelio | 28 Aug 14


John R. Sellers | 13 Sep 14

Works great. Your choice of a piece of fruit for the program's icon is a little weird though.

Anonymous | 14 Sep 14

Hello, I am having trouble disabling this product. I am trying to get the top left corner spot back but it won't work. I've done exactly as it says to do each time and to no avail. My OS is Windows 8.1 Update 1. Can someone please explain why it isn't restore the top left screen corner?

Anonymous | 10 Oct 14

works a treat, kills from corners and from the right swipe. Thank you

Guest | 23 Oct 14

Thank you so much for this program! I do all but a very minute amount of my computer work in the desktop view of 8.1 x64, and find the sudden and often unexpected appearance of the charms to be jarring, intrusive, disruptive, and annoying. Your program worked "like a charm" to get rid of the charms.

456 | 28 Oct 14

its perfect

cezovski | 12 Nov 14

Does this prevent ONLY the top/bottom part of the Charms Bar from popping up? Or does it get rid of it entirely, like when you go anywhere near the right hand edge and it pops up?

49FlatHead | 14 Nov 14

Why are so many people unable to grasp the fact that they still need to turn off the edge swiping on the touch pad properties in addition to using this program?!?!?!


i just sticked 2 band-aids to right edge of touchpad . works like a charm . WARNING !patent pending

Teresa | 12 Jan 15

I hope Microsoft is listening! The next time the geniuses decide to come up with some new and "improved" feature I hope they listen to their customers and never, ever hardwire something as annoying as the *&%^*&$ charms bar! Get some feedback first, people! New doesn't necessarily mean better.

Mark41 | 16 Jan 15

This application does not work on my HP laptop with Windows 8.1.

UB | 28 Jan 15

I have an HP Envy with Windows 8.1 and I have tried following all instructions and methods to disable the charms bar, but it will still randomly pop up sometimes when I'm typing and my cursor is not even on the top or bottom corners at all. It just appears randomly and I can't figure out what I'm accidently touching.

Charming Guy | 29 Jan 15

Well all I can say is that it works like a charm(no pun intended)

Now I need to resolve my touchpad swipe movement because a certain movement will still show the charms bar. Sigh.

Sergey | 30 Jan 15
Comments: 478

See the link in very top. I added it just now.

Anonymous | 25 Feb 15

I have a touchscreen that don't allow to disable the swipe. when I swipe from the right outside the screen to the left the charms bar appear. Please help me.

Sergey | 26 Feb 15
Comments: 478

Read green text.

Anonymous | 26 Feb 15

I have read the green text but I have a touchscreeen not a touchpad and in the mouse configuration I don't have the configuration of the touchscreen

Sergey | 27 Feb 15
Comments: 478

Ahh, sorry. My bad.
At this moment, I have no idea how to hook the touchpad swipes. You can disable touchpad completely, but I doubt that it is what you need. If i will find the proper way to hook swipes, I will update the app.

bunnies | 17 Mar 15

It doesn't work all the time, I can get it to work some of the time. The charms bar is absolutely the worst thing windows has ever fucking done.
But I don't know why I can't get this charm killer to work all the time.

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