The Charms bar in Windows 8 allows you to search through apps, settings, or files. You can only search through the files, settings, or apps that are shown in the Charms bar directly beneath the search box. This is Microsoft’s way of showing you what can be searched for.

The Charms bar makes it easier for you to interact with the content that is on your computer’s display. For example, if you are reading a webpage and want to share the content in an email to a friend, you can click on the Share link from the Charms bar and have it sent very efficiently.

The following tutorial demonstrates how to hide and show the applications from the Search charm in all versions of the Windows 8 operating system.

Note: This tutorial will not work for Windows 8.1 versions of the operating system.

How to Hide/Show Apps in Search Charm​ in Windows 8

You can hide and show the applications from the Search charm from the Charms bar itself. Here is how you can do that: