How to Disable the Windows 8 Gesture That Activates the Charm Bar

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If you use a PC with Windows 8, you have probably run into the most annoying and overly sensitive right-to-left gesture that pulls up the Charm Bar repeatedly. You know the one. You move your mouse pointer from the right side of your screen to the left, which is a completely normal thing to want to do, and that menu pops up at the right along with a giant date and time box, as though anyone needs those things to pop up almost every time they move to the left.

I hunted through a lot of forums to look for a fix, but most of them offered up things I am not willing to do, like alter my computer's registry or download files from Korean mirror sites. I decided to forego messing with my computer in potentially harmful ways and instead dug through my laptop (a Lenovo G700), sure that there must be a way to control it through the existent settings.

I think I did it! These instructions should disable the right-to-left gesture that activates the Charm Bar while still allowing you to access the Charm Bar when you hover over the upper right of your screen. Depending on your particular machine, these instructions may or may not be exact, but you at least won't break anything trying, and they will at least lead you very close to your cure. Good luck!

How to disable the Windows 8 gesture that activates the Charm Bar, in short:

Settings Control Panel Hardware and Sound Mouse (under Devices and Printers) > ELAN tab > Options button > One-finger tab > Edge Swipe > unclick the Enable box

How to disable the Windows 8 gesture that activates the Charm Bar, the longer illustrated version:

One. Hover your mouse pointer over the upper right corner of your screen to activate the Charm Bar. Click on Settings.

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Two. Click on Control Panel.

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Three. The Control Panel window will pop up. Click on Hardware and Sound.

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Four. Click on Mouse under Devices and Printers.

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Five. The Mouse Properties window will pop up: a) click on the ELAN tab, and then b) click on the Options button.

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Six. The Elan Smart-Pad window will pop up: a) click on the One-finger tab, b) click on Edge Swipe in the left column, c) click on the Enable box to REMOVE the check mark, and then d) click the Apply button and the Ok button.

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Voilà! Now you should be free of the constant right-to-left gesture/Charm Bar interruptions.

I wish you much happier Windows 8 computing in the future, and you're welcome.


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