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Jul 14, 2013

Can't Disable Windows 8 Charm Bar? Then Embrace the Horror and Share... Awwww

Since you can't get rid of these buggers, no matter what IT Pro smugly posts on any given blog or forum, why not just use the damn things? That's what Microsoft wants you to do... use the Share Charm.

Awww, how cute. (Barf!)

It's becoming a well known source of frustration that the highly circulated regedit to disable the charms in Windows 8 just doesn't stick. (Find one that works, and let us know. We'll gladly report it.) As for what we can do once Windows 8.1 comes out in August is yet to be seen. So if you're one of many who haven't gotten used to the charms and just hate them to pieces... Sorry.

You may want to consider actually using them. You might like it.

The Share Charm is just what it says, a charm that allows you to share apps, web pages, pictures and more with just a swipe of your cursor or hand.

What is the Share charm?

The Share charm is a convenient way to share links, photos, and info without leaving the app you're in. You can share with one or two people at a time, or update your entire social network.

How do I open the Share charm?

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Share.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Share.)

How do I use the Share charm to share something?

  1. Open an app or folder, find a photo, link, or file you want to share, then swipe down or right-click it to select it.

    Note: The files and info that can be shared might be different depending on the app you're sharing from.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Share.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Share.)
  3. Tap or click the app you want to share with, then follow the directions on the screen.

Travis, who we suspect is a close relative of Andy Richter, explains how it works in this entertaining and informative video: Windows 8: Using the Share Charm

If you missed in the beginning of this article, MS also provides one of their textual instructions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/share-charm-frequently-asked-questions

Happy Sharing! We here it's.... charming.


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