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Deactivate Charms Bar on Touch Screen

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Deactivate Charms Bar on Touch Screen


    Hey you all,

    I googled and searched this forum for information on the title topic, but none of the advice could help me out.

    My problem is not the charms bar, that activates when touching the mouse (touch) pad, but the same charms bar, that appears when touching the screen on my tablet.

    Does anyone have an answer to that? You can disabuse me and show me a website or a forum link but after 4 hours of research I am done for now.

    I would be very thankful for your advice!

    Best regards,

    Roger

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  2. #2


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Is it activating when you don't want it to? usually it takes a pretty deliberate action to activate the charms bar. that being said, it's where the settings for the Metro apps reside, so it might not be good to completely disable it.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Roger, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use the tutorial below to disable the Charms bar hint to help prevent accidentally opening it every time you go near it on a touchscreen.

    In addition, if you are having the same issue with Switcher, then the tutorial below can help show how to disable the top left hot corner for this.


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hi you guys,

    I don't want it to move, because it will be used for patients in a hospital for the purpose of evaluation. Which means they should not be able to move around on the computer (which they will be with charms bar activated).

    With Windows-button + C I should still be able to activate it, but I don't want it to be turned on by finger movements on the screen.

    @ Shawn: I've already tried these and unfortunately they only deactivate the charms bar when touching the mouse pad (not when touching the screen).

    Greetings and thank you so much for your help!

    Roger
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  5. #5


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    What will it be used for? If users aren't supposed to switch apps, then wouldn't it be easier to use an OS designed for kiosk use?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by RogerFederer View Post
    Hi you guys,

    I don't want it to move, because it will be used for patients in a hospital for the purpose of evaluation. Which means they should not be able to move around on the computer (which they will be with charms bar activated).

    With Windows-button + C I should still be able to activate it, but I don't want it to be turned on by finger movements on the screen.

    @ Shawn: I've already tried these and unfortunately they only deactivate the charms bar when touching the mouse pad (not when touching the screen).

    Greetings and thank you so much for your help!

    Roger
    Odd, this one should disable the Charms bar hint on touch as well.

    The one below is for the touchpad instead.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hi you guys,

    @ FuturDreamz: Patients in a hospital will be given a tablet PC (with Win 8 installed) and they will have to answer a survey. During this process they should of course not be able open other apps or "move around" on the tablets. Unfortunately I am not that much of a computer pro and do not know what "kiosk mode" means. I'd be happy if you could explain this to me in a few sentences or could send me a link with an explanation instead, if that's easier. Thanks!

    @ Brink/Shawn: I am sorry, I misread your first post. So far I've only tried the mouse-pad option and tomorrow I will also try out the other one with charms bar touch screen deactivation as well! Thanks and sorry, that you had to post this twice.

    Have a nice weekend you guys,

    Roger
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    No problem Roger. I just hope it helps.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    the better way is to use a guest account. and then put restrictions on the account.

    How to Turn on Guest Accounts in Windows 8: 5 steps
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  10. #10


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hey all!

    @ Shawn: Unfortunately it didn't work. Maybe I got something wrong? The .reg-file was added to the registry but what does "5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted." mean?

    @ dirtyvu: This just says how to install a guest account. I already did that. But the guest shouldn't be able to move around on C: ! If you say: "You just have to restrict the rights for a guest, so that he cannot gain access e.g. to C:." then I have to reply: "Already tried this one." Problem: If I restrict the rights on C:, I cannot launch the only program the guest (hospital patient) needs to work with ... Therefore I am trying to only make (the) one survey application the patient/guest needs to see visible and restrict his/her scope of action within this application as much as possible. Ergo: Deactivating the charms bar on touch screen will do most of the job.

    Thanks for your helf so far and have a nice week!

    Roger
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