Recently I was talking to fellow colleague in IT at a Meet the Buyer event, in Luton and we somehow got to talk about the annoying Charms bar that keeps appearing when we go to top right-hand corner of the screen, to minimise the application window.

We know that they must be a way to switch this off but just don’t have the time to find the solution. I find that this is annoying and also when pdf documents are opened using Windows Adobe Reader or pictures opening in the Windows Photo app.  Many people get frustrated because they don’t know how to close these application windows.

So I made a promise that will be the first thing I do when I log in to my computer and find out how to deal with the Charms bar and the Apps Switch List.

The following instructions are for those using Windows 8.1, if you would like to know how to deal with the issue in Windows, why not contact us via email or call on 0800 999 5488.

Open the Charms bar by moving your mouse to the bottom right or top right corner of the screen or alternatively, if you want to use the keyboard shortcut, which is much quicker, click on the Windows + C keys.

Click on Settings

Click on Change PC Settings



Click on PC and Devices in the navigation pane.



Finally click on Corners and edges



On the right hand side under the Corner navigation, switch off the Charms bar or the Apps Switch List.  NOTE the Charms bar can still be accessed via moving the mouse pointer to the bottom right corner or using the keyboard shortcut.



One thing to remember about switching off the Apps Switch List is that when a Microsoft Windows 8.1 application is opened, you will need to close the application window, in the normal way (i.e. the cross at the top right corner of the application window), otherwise the application will still be open in the back ground.

If you have turned off the Apps Switch List, then you will need to use the Alt + Tab keys to switch windows.  Or to close the window in the normal way, move your mouse pointer to the top of the screen and window title bar will be displayed and the close cross will be in the top right corner of the window.

I hope that this blog has been very useful and helpful.

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