Are you using Windows 8? Does the Charm Bar on the right side of the screen drive you crazy?
Did you know you can turn that annoying thing off?
Check out this post to shut it down!
One of the most annoying features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the touch gestures for touchpads. These gestures open menus such as the Charms Bar, App Switcher, and App Bar. In the Desktop view these gestures aren't very useful and are triggered accidentally when you use your touchpad. Even if you disabled on-screen mouse pointer gestures, which are triggered from hot corners, these annoying gestures remain enabled and popup at the most inopportune times. Let me show you how to disable them.
Microsoft has worked with various touchpad manufacturers to enable these "features" in the drivers for these touchpads, and there are multiple edge swipe gestures:
These third party touchpad drivers often integrate with your Mouse Control Panel, so that is where you must go to disable them. Open the Mouse Properties by clicking the Windows icon in the task bar in the lower left corner of your screen. Then type "Mouse Properties" and click on "Change Mouse Settings". There are multiple touchpad manufacturers and each has its own settings interface to control these and for Asus and Dell you get to these settings in a different way which is outlined in their specific sections. Scroll down to see the steps for each manufacturer.
Lenovo UltraNav touchpad
ASUS Smart Gesture Touchpad
Often various hardware OEMs (Lenovo, Samsung, HP) rebrand these touchpad driver settings in the Mouse Control Panel so the exact name of the tab may be different. For example, if you have OEM drivers for the touchpad installed, then the tab may be named differently. But the settings UI should be very similar and it should be easy enough for you to figure where to disable these swipe gestures. The touchpad settings will generally be in either the Mouse Control Panel or in the taskbar notification (tray) area.
Finally, if you have a relatively new PC with a modern Precision Touchpad designed to work with Windows 8.1, then you can disable these gestures right from PC Settings.
You did it! Now those touch gestures won't pop up everytime you swipe your fingers (either intentionally or accidentally) across the touchpad.
Your touchpad will work like a charm...without the charm!