Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

The Windows Charms was a feature introduced with Windows 8 that gave you access to Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings. This menu appears when you move you mouse on the top right-hand corner of the screen and then move down or by pressing the Windows key + C on the keyboard. The black bar along the right-hand side of the picture below is an example of what the Windows Charms looks like when open.

Windows 8 Charms

Description of each of the Windows 8 and 8.1 Charms

  • Search (shortcut: Windows key + F) - Find and open any program or file.
  • Share (shortcut: Windows key + H) - Share and send links, photos, and more to your friends and social networks in the app currently open.
  • Start (shortcut: Windows key) - Open the Windows 8 Start Menu.
  • Devices (shortcut: Windows key + K) - List available devices, for example a second screen.
  • Settings (shortcut: Windows key + I) - View Start Settings, view settings such as battery monitor, volume, brightness, notifications, and the power (to shutdown computer). In Settings you'll also find More PC Settings at the bottom of the menu, which gives you all available settings that can be adjusted.

Windows 10 Charms

With the release of Windows 10 the Charms feature have been removed and pressing Windows key + C now opens Cortana.

Operating system terms, Windows 8