Windows 8 to windows 7 tuning - remove auto sidebar and charms

Posted on 2013-10-31
Last Modified: 2014-03-20
I want to remove the annoying sidebar and charms in windows 8 .

Im expert and have used the Classic Shell, But it still shows up the awfull sidebar sometimes when I squeese mouse.

1. Disabled active corners
2. Mouse - disables edge motions
Question by:ServerService
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by:John Hurst
ID: 39613722
I am not sure you can disable the sidebar.

1. I need it for Shutdown or temporary suspend.

2. I use only the desktop and classic appearance, so I keep my mouse (Bluetooth Mouse) away from the corner or side. I don't see it very often.

... Thinkpads_User

Author Comment

ID: 39613741
Well its not a solution what ur used to do to avoid it.

Its written here how but not working 100%

I found a reg file that I will test and see if it helps
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by:John Hurst
ID: 39613744
I have been using Windows 8 for months now and it does not get in my way.

... Thinkpads_User

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ID: 39614185
Then you were just lucky - If you dont have a solution then please dont waste my time with your non relevant experience
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by:John Hurst
ID: 39614796
I am not lucky, and I am not wasting peoples' time in here. You cannot stop the sidebar from appearing if you move into the area where it appears.

Other people with the same problem have come to the same conclusion.

.... Thinkpads_User
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ID: 39614972
Well smarty  - actually I have succeeded to avoid it from appear when the mouse is in the area.
Now sidebar only starts appear the mouse is twisted using socalled latency - which I also disabled.
You find the same answers in 100 pages about exactly what I have done - I just miss the last 5% to have it perfect.

Thats why I pay for this site hoping some qualified person knows how to - and you dont , so please dont answer if you dont know

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ID: 39615118
Thanks I wait - I will try to behave my temper but sometimes difficult
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marsilies earned 500 total points
ID: 39616870
What version of Windows 8 are you using? Are you still using Windows 8, or did you update it to 8.1?

Could you elaborate on the action that causes the charms bar to appear? Your descriptions of "when I squeese mouse" and  "the mouse is twisted using socalled latency" are unclear. Does the mouse have to be in a certain area on the screen? Is there a button you're pressing on the mouse that causes it to appear?

It's possible that Classic Shell simply isn't fully disabling the charms bar. Make sure you're on the most recent version of Classic Shell. Also, certain touchpad gestures may cause the charms bar to appear. See this link for how to disable touchpad gestures in the driver:

If that doesn't fix it, you may want to submit a bug report to Classic Shell. They may be able to fix it in the next version.

Another option is to look into other Windows Shell replacements, and not just free ones. RetroUI has a lot of options for modifying Windows 8, for a cost of only $5. They have a trial verison you can use to see if it solves your problem before buying:

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ServerService earned 0 total points
ID: 39620874
I just upgraded to win8.1 and have the latest Classsic Shell .

My touchpad (not mouse) is setup to disabled Edge motions as shown in ur link - and disabled Momentum on my Thinkpad SL510

The Charms / Sidebar appear when the touchpad freezes shortly while I move the finger from right to left but I cant provoke the situation. It just comes up now and then and yes could be anywhere on screen.
I look into the touchpad settings again and have updated the drivers as well but still the same.  Now I set up the sensitivity to higher level (less sensitive) and disabled trackpint . now I see if its working

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I didn´t really find a perfect soulution for my Lenovo Thinkpad so I go on with as it was previously.
If you want the fastest possible windows 8 , then never install update 8.1 cos its heavy and it install more addons as apps , which I really think is unnessecary in an OS.
Use windows classic shell instead and you work with speed like Mac

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