Do you find the Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 to be almost as irritating as an itchy rash? If so, you definitely aren’t alone.
Apparently Microsoft received so many complaints about the Charms Bar that they decided to virtually eliminate it from the new Windows 10 for Desktop users.
Why they ever included it in the first place is a mystery to me. It always seems to pop up when you don’t need it, and many of the tasks that I believe would be best suited for it aren’t on it!
Which reminds me… If you use Windows 8.1 you can by prevent the Charms Bar from popping up automatically by following the instructions in this post. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to display it when you need it by pressing the Windows+C key combination.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Although the Charms Bar has been vastly scaled back in Windows 10, the tasks you could perform by launching it in Windows 8.1 have not. For example, the “Power Button” has been moved to the new Start Menu (which is awesome by the way) and the “Search” function has been placed right on the Task Bar.
Of course the current version of the Windows 10 Preview won’t be the version that’s eventually released to the public, so expect plenty of other changes to be made to the user interface before Windows 10 is officially wrapped up and ready to ship.
But I really like this change. Hopefully any other changes that are coming down the pike will be just as welcome. Fingers crossed.