How to use Windows 8 Charms Bar / Introduction

Whenever we install Windows 8 (beta) in our systems appearance of Windows amazed us. More attractive and gorgeous appearances abide all us in its spell.  We as a user are familiar to work on earlier Windows, so our search evolves on the basis of previous experiences. But our earlier experiences are not efficient to cope with the functioning of Windows 8.


Windows 8 is absolutely different from previous windows OS. When you press windows key on keyboard Metro screen appears which includes multiple Apps and tiles. Besides Metro appearance Windows 8 has also another interface called Charms Bar. It is placed extremely right in windows screen.

We here with How to use Windows 8 Charms Bar, search file aught, begin share, devices, change PC settings, take a printout,  connect to a network.

windows 8 showing charms panel

windows 8 charms bar

How to access and use Windows 8 Charms Bar

Two modes have been discovered to launch Charms bar in Windows 8. To launch Charms Bar move your mouse cursor on top or underneath right side in the desktop screen at any moments or press combination of shortcut Windows Key + C at a time.

About Charm Bar Button

Charms Bar is newly added toolbar, in right side, desktop screen. It can be accessed anytime from every place If whatever application is running.  It contains five buttons like Settings, Share, Search, devices and Start.

windows 8 charms menu

Description of five options of the charms bar menu

1. Search

For search purpose, you can use Windows 8 Charms Bar. The Search option is used to search any types of existed files, software and system settings, apps, and many more items from your computer. For example – If you type Music in the search box then it will  show numerous search results related similar items as  MP3, Videos, albums etc.

Inside the metro apps screen, the Search box can be accessed by insert  Windows Key + Q Shortcut.

search apps in charms windows to use Windows 8 Charms Bar

2. Share

Sharing becomes very convenient when you use Windows 8 Charms Bar. The Share Option works only in metro apps window. It is used to share information with on Net  (Mail, social networking) users. For Example, you are accessing Internet explorer browser and want to share any opted link  to another person by sending emails then Share option is best.

You can also use  windows key + H shortcut on the keyboard to enable share option in the metro screen.

share button in charms panel

apply share to use email

3. Start

The Start option works in both Metro Apps and Charms Bar. When you click on Start option from charms panel then you will  return back at metro start screen window. Although Windows key is also used to switch back metro apps screen. If metro screen already appears before your eyes then click on start from charm panel, you will go back on the desktop screen directly.

search apps in charms

4.  Devices

If you choose Devices option inside charm panel, you will be able to configure settings of  attached several devices –  Projector, External monitor, HDMI TV, printer and many more. Suppose you want to take a print out  in metro apps then it shows plugged printer in charms devices panel.

You may also use (Windows Key + K) shortcut  to highlight devices in the metro screen.

device added buttons in charms panel

printer showing in charms panel

5. Settings

When you click on the settings button in charm panel you will find several important settings options Audio, Power, Language, Notification, Network connection. These options are used to change settings in the windows 8. More PC settings link locates at below in this charms panel to start metro control panel settings dialog box. This way you can easily use Windows 8 Charms Bar.

charms settings option


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