Winaero Charms Bar Killer

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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Comments
Dave Johnson | 23 Nov 13
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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

Erik | 25 Nov 13
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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

Olyhouse | 13 Jan 14
Guest


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
Guest


Works very well on Win 8.1 64 bit. Thanks

Sawyer | 24 Jan 14
Guest


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

EdDart | 07 Feb 14
Guest


How do I un-install?

Sergey | 07 Feb 14
Comments: 485


Read the text in red.

lindsiknapke | 08 Feb 14
Guest


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
Guest


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

Sergey | 15 Feb 14
Comments: 485


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
Guest


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, 17.0.6.18, as well as the previous, 17.0.6.13, 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
Guest


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

eugenyk | 08 Mar 14
Guest


Itshould be disabled also in touchpad settings

Guest | 17 Mar 14
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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

Azhrei | 12 Apr 14
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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

I hate Windows 8 | 05 Jun 14
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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
Guest


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

Pangloss | 21 Jul 14
Guest


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 15.0.8.1 of the driver dated 3/10/10.

alex | 27 Jul 14
Guest


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
Guest


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

guest | 04 Aug 14
Guest


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

Anonymous | 18 Aug 14
Guest


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

Fitaelio | 28 Aug 14
Guest


THANKS MAN, THIS F*CKING CHARM baR WAS KILLING ME !!! THX A LOT !!

John R. Sellers | 13 Sep 14
Guest


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

Anonymous | 14 Sep 14
Guest


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?

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