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Wouter

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Hi all,

I've read quite a few posts concerning the charm bar (read: disabling it). These posts all seem to focus around the touchpad settings.
However, what I want is to make sure the charm bar doesn't appear when I'm (right edge) swiping my touch screen.

I've spent 2 hours searching so far without luck.
Any help is much appreciated.

regards
Wouter
 

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Wouter

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Yes I have found that post too.
The trackpad is not to the case though: I'm using a touch screen only. The right edge touch screen swipe just stubbornly keeps working.
 

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JustATest

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Unfortunately, I don't have one of those or I would try to replicate your condition. sorry the link didn't help you. Good luck.
 

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fwoolsey

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Wouter,

Just bought the Acer w3 with windows8 for a project that I am working on and had issues with the charms. Very annoying. As I didn't want to gamble with downgrading the OS back to Windows 7, I am trying to get this one to look/feel the same. I have downloaded this IObit Start Menu 8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8 to get the start menu back and did a calibration on the screen. The calibration adjusted the touch just inside the visible screen and viola... no more charms. I literally just did this, so I haven't been able to find if there are any issues with this procedure or software yet. Hope this helps
 

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soapergem

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Has anyone found a solution to this? How do you disable the edge swipe gestures on a tablet running Windows 8.1? This is critical because there are a lot of kiosk situations where one does not want users getting access to the Start screen.
 

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soapergem

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Artabrahamson, this is not an appropriate answer to the question that's being asked. I looked at the Secure Lockdown website, they advertise it as a "Windows 7" program. I confirmed this by downloading the program and trying it out myself. It is not equipped to handle all of the Windows 8 features we're talking about here.
 

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orlandotek

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Maybe something like this?

Winaero Charms Bar Killer: get rid of Charms Bar in Windows 8.1/Windows 8 completely.



[h=1][/h]
 

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JP56

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PC Settings > PCs and Devices > Corners & Edges > Corner Navigation OFF
 

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Superfly

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Has anyone found a solution to this? How do you disable the edge swipe gestures on a tablet running Windows 8.1? This is critical because there are a lot of kiosk situations where one does not want users getting access to the Start screen.

I don't have a quick solution - seen some nice code on the net that would work though - may give it a go but in the meantime...

This is something new to me... Enable Kiosk Mode in Windows 8.1 - Yash's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Wonder if they will extend that to include Desktop apps in Windows 10...
 

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soapergem

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JP56, I think you're misunderstanding what's being asked here. Turning Corner Navigation off is not sufficient, and is not what's being asked about in this thread. Everyone here already knows to turn Corner Navigation off; the trouble is that Corner Navigation is only one of several ways of getting to the Charms bar. What we want is an ability to disable the Charms bar completely (i.e. even from edge swipes).
 

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soapergem

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orlandotek, unfortunately that application you linked to (Winaero Charms Bar Killer) does not actually kill the charms bar completely. It's effectively just a nice UI wrapper for the same registry tweaks that disable Corner Navigation. But even when running that application, the Charms Bar is still there, and can still be accessed by an edge swipe. So in other words, that program is basically useless.
 

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JP56

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JP56, I think you're misunderstanding what's being asked here. Turning Corner Navigation off is not sufficient, and is not what's being asked about in this thread. Everyone here already knows to turn Corner Navigation off; the trouble is that Corner Navigation is only one of several ways of getting to the Charms bar. What we want is an ability to disable the Charms bar completely (i.e. even from edge swipes).

Sounds like Windows 8 is the wrong choice of OS for ya, then...:think:
 

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orlandotek

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Sorry for that. I did not know.

The Charms bar is hard coded in the Windows API for touch devices. There just might not be a way to kill the charms bar without some serious low level programming. The whole purpose of having a touch screen is for..well..touching. Microsoft could not foresee anyone needing to disable the Charms bar on a touch device.

Good luck.
 

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Superfly

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Yes, charms is protected, but one can hide it each time it is activated.

I wrote this little app - tested on touch pad only - not sure if it will work on touch screen - but it effectively 'disables' right edge gesture side-swipe and Win+C.

Download : Uncharm.exe
SHA1: 83F57640411BB91C363B973CC16DE2BF2E01F215

Save above to a directory of your choice. Copy the path to clipboard.

Download UnCharm.xml and edit it with the path copied above.

Open taskschd and import as a new task.

Logoff and sign-in again to run the task.

NB: To Uninstall just delete the task / end it in Task Manager.
 

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ledow

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I wrote this little app - tested on touch pad only - not sure if it will work on touch screen - but it effectively 'disables' right edge gesture side-swipe and Win+C.
.

I can confirm that this is probably the best workaround I've found so far if your touchpad / touchscreen driver doesn't let you disable Charms. Works great on my Windows 8.1 tablet, just a brief flash rather than the Charms bar jumping up over the top of apps and ruining everything. It's ridiculous that an option for this isn't built into Windows, however.

Superfly - any chance of the source code for my own peace of mind and/or making this into a proper taskbar icon so we can turn it on/off with one tap in case we DO want something that's on the charms (e.g. Settings)?
 

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Superfly

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Superfly - any chance of the source code for my own peace of mind and/or making this into a proper taskbar icon so we can turn it on/off with one tap in case we DO want something that's on the charms (e.g. Settings)?

Code:
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Threading;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace UnCharm
{

   class Program
    {

        [DllImport("user32.dll", EntryPoint = "FindWindow", SetLastError = true)]
        static extern IntPtr FindWindowByCaption(IntPtr ZeroOnly, string lpWindowName);

        [DllImport("user32.dll")]
        [return: MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.Bool)]
        static extern bool ShowWindow(IntPtr hWnd, int nCmdShow);

        [DllImport("user32.dll", CharSet = CharSet.Auto, ExactSpelling = true)]
        private static extern short GetKeyState(int keyCode);
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            try
            {
                Task.Factory.StartNew(() =>
                {
               IntPtr hWndCharmBar = FindWindowByCaption(IntPtr.Zero, "Charm Bar");
               ShowWindow(hWndCharmBar, 1);
               while (true)                   
                    {
                        int retVal = GetKeyState(Convert.ToInt32(Keys.LWin));
                        if ((retVal & 0x8000) != 0x8000) //LWin key pressed
                        {
                            ShowWindow(hWndCharmBar, 2);
                            Thread.Sleep(50); // sleep for a bit                                          
                        }
                        else
                        {
                            ShowWindow(hWndCharmBar, 9);
                        }
                     }
                    }
                );
                Process.GetCurrentProcess().WaitForExit();
            }
            catch (Exception ex) {
            MessageBox.Show (ex.Message);
            }
        }
    }
}
 

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orlandotek

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There is not a way to turn off the Charms Bar. It is a hard coded feature and there is not a simple registry edit or other edit you can make ti disable it without some serious editing of the Windows kernel. It was never designed to be able to be disabled as at one time this was the main way to get to the shut down menu and other menus necessary for Windows 8 to function.
 

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Superfly

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There is not a way to turn off the Charms Bar. It is a hard coded feature and there is not a simple registry edit or other edit you can make ti disable it without some serious editing of the Windows kernel. It was never designed to be able to be disabled as at one time this was the main way to get to the shut down menu and other menus necessary for Windows 8 to function.

Or you could use Windows 10 and not be bothered with Charms...?
 

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