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Four Ways to Open the Charms Bar in Windows 8

The Windows 8 Charms menu replaces many of the options found in the Windows 7 Start Menu. This is an important menu for navigating through Windows 8. Here’s four different methods to bring it up quickly.

The most reliable way to open the Charms menu on a laptop is using the keyboard. The other three methods involve pointing the mouse or swiping a touch screen.

  • Press Windows image + C hotkey. With this method the Charms menu will stay open until you click something.
  • Hover the mouse pointer over the top right corner of the main screen, and then scroll up and click a charm.
  • Hover the mouse pointer over the bottom right corner of the main screen, and then scroll up and click a charm.
  • On a touch screen you can swipe from the right edge towards the left and the Charms menu will appear.

windows 8 charms menu

Note that each individual Charm can be accessed by these Windows Key shortcuts:

  • Windows + Q – Search
  • Windows + H – Share
  • Windows + K – Devices
  • Windows + I – Settings
  • Pressing the Windows key by itself opens the Metro Start Menu.

Well, now you know all of the secrets to finding Windows 8’s lucky charms. I admit, Charms is an interesting name for a Start Menu replacement. I wonder what it tastes like with milk.

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