Windows 8.1 Update Tip: Remove the Power Button From Start Screen

One of the changes Microsoft made in Windows 8.1 Update, is adding a Power button at the top right of the Start screen. If you not a fan, you can remove it.

The recent Windows 8.1 update provides several new features that make it easier to use the Modern apps on traditional computers with a keyboard and mouse. The update has also added some new and interesting capabilities that improve the touch experience on a Surface or other 2-in-1 devices.

Most of the updates in Windows 8.1 are very much welcomed, but one of the changes the company made is putting a Power button at the top right corner of the Start screen — next to your name and the Search icon.

If you’re using a touch-enabled device, having the power button located there can be quite annoying. Sometimes your finger or thumb accidentally hits it when you try hitting the search icon, or try to swipe in the charms bar. Here’s how to get rid of it, and put it back later.

Windows 8.1 Power button

Note: This procedure requires making changes to the Windows Registry. Before messing around in the Registry, always make sure you back it up first!

Remove Power Button Windows 8.1 update

If you’re not a fan of having the power button on the Windows 8.1 Start screen, it’s easy enough to remove by tweaking the Registry. Open the Run dialog box by hitting Windows Key + R and type in: regedit and click OK or hit Enter.

When the Registry Editor comes up, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell. Then under ImmersiveShell create a new key and name it Launcher.

new Key

Now in the Launcher key you just created, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value.

new value

Name it Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen and set its value to “0”. When you’re done, it should look similar to the following screenshot.


Close out of the Registry and reboot your computer. When you get back you’ll see there’s no more power button on the Start screen. If you do want to put it back, just go back to the same spot and change Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen to “1”.

No Power Button

If you’ve been using Windows 8 for a good amount of time, you know that you can search simply by starting to type your query while viewing the Start screen. Or you can always hit Windows Key + S to search everywhere or Windows Key + F to search files, etc. Rather than go over every keyboard combo, in this writing, check out our Windows 8 keyboard shortcut list.

Or if you’re new to Windows 8.x, check out our article on shutting down the new OS: Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, or Hibernate Windows 8.

What is your take on the Power button being in that location on the Start screen? Do you like it or are you going to get rid of it? Leave a comment below and let us know.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Kapil Arya

    June 8, 2014 at 3:03 am

    This is nice but is there any registry trick as well for removal of search icon there, I found it annoying too :)

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