I can no longer access the charm menu on my second monitor



  • One of the things I enjoy most about Windows 8.1 is the ability to use a second monitor just like you would use your primary monitor. I have gotten very used to using the charm menu on my second screen

    I logged on this morning and I can no longer active the charm menu when I move my mouse into the upper right corner on my second monitor. It still works fine on my primary screen. Any ideas?



  • Doh! I should have rebooted before I posted

    Its fixed now.



  • @IRJ said:

    Doh! I should have rebooted before I posted

    Its fixed now.

    That was easy 🙂



  • @lance said:

    @IRJ said:

    Doh! I should have rebooted before I posted

    Its fixed now.

    That was easy 🙂

    You can close this ticket, Lance 😛



  • @IRJ said:

    @lance said:

    @IRJ said:

    Doh! I should have rebooted before I posted

    Its fixed now.

    That was easy 🙂

    You can close this ticket, Lance 😛

    The ticket has been closed. Feel free to re-open it if it happens again. 🙂



  • Funny my boss wants the exact opposite. she does not want the charms bar to open on the edge that is shared by the two monitors.


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    @Dashrender said:

    Funny my boss wants the exact opposite. she does not want the charms bar to open on the edge that is shared by the two monitors.

    I don't want them to open anywhere. I loathe the charm bars. Worst idea ever.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Funny my boss wants the exact opposite. she does not want the charms bar to open on the edge that is shared by the two monitors.

    I don't want them to open anywhere. I loathe the charm bars. Worst idea ever.

    I really find the charm bar useful. I think I use it much more often than I use the Start button or windows key. The search feature is invaluable to quickly access applications



  • Its much quicker to move you mouse to the right corner of the screen of the second monitor rather.



  • I never click the charms bar to search, I simply press the windows key and start typing - searching is assumed by windows.

    As for hating the charms bar - yeah I don't care for it either, it's probably OK on a tablet/slate device, but on a desktop it's really pointless, give me the damned control panel back (OK we do have it so I'll be quite now, ha)


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    @IRJ said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Funny my boss wants the exact opposite. she does not want the charms bar to open on the edge that is shared by the two monitors.

    I don't want them to open anywhere. I loathe the charm bars. Worst idea ever.

    I really find the charm bar useful. I think I use it much more often than I use the Start button or windows key. The search feature is invaluable to quickly access applications

    Problem is, it pops up while doing other things and completely halts getting any work done. This discussion is making me really want to go back to Linux. Windows 8, even 8.1, is still just ridiculously poor.



  • Windows 8/8.1 is like a significant other that is ugly but also has a great personality. You're shocked/appalled at first, but it grows on you.

    Having an option to disable the left screen's charms window would be a nice touch nonetheless.


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    @Nara said:

    Windows 8/8.1 is like a significant other that is ugly but also has a great personality. You're shocked/appalled at first, but it grows on you.

    Having an option to disable the left screen's charms window would be a nice touch nonetheless.

    I've been using Windows 8 and then 8.1 for a while now and let me assure you, it hasn't grown on me 🙂



  • @Nara said:

    Windows 8/8.1 is like a significant other that is ugly but also has a great personality. You're shocked/appalled at first, but it grows on you.

    Having an option to disable the left screen's charms window would be a nice touch nonetheless.

    I agree with both statements. I train my customers to help them get over the "shock" of the system and all have moved forward with no complaints. A little bit more mods would be nice like the choosing where or if the charms bar was available via the mouse movement. I found a "charms" script that I used to put on my customers W8 taskbar, and they would click to access the charms bar.



  • This happened again today. Except it was my primary monitor. Once again a reboot fixed this.

    Is this happening to anyone else?



  • @IRJ said:

    This happened again today. Except it was my primary monitor. Once again a reboot fixed this.

    Is this happening to anyone else?

    I really don't use the charms, so even if it was happening, I wouldn't notice.


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    @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    This happened again today. Except it was my primary monitor. Once again a reboot fixed this.

    Is this happening to anyone else?

    I really don't use the charms, so even if it was happening, I wouldn't notice.

    Yeah. Few things do I want disabled more than things that pop up and grab the mouse over other controls that I was actively trying to click on. Charms, I think, are the worst part of the Windows 8 experience, far worse than the Start Screen and other weirdness.



  • It happened again today. It seems to be related to the Mail App.


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    Which Mail App are they using?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Which Mail App are they using?

    Windows Mail App and its me using it. I use it 100 times a day, maybe more. This is happened to me 3 times and I think it was related to the mail app each time. I tried to kill it in task manager, but the didnt fix the problem. The mail app works fine, I just lose the ability to click the minimize or red X as well as losing the Charm Bar.



  • Its not really a big issue, I am just using this thread to document it. Hopefully it helps someone one day.



  • It happened again today. I can confirm that it is caused by the Mail App. It seems to be related to moving the app into split screen mode. I tried removing the Mail App and reinstalling it. I still needed a reboot to fix the issue.



  • @IRJ said:

    It happened again today. I can confirm that it is caused by the Mail App. It seems to be related to moving the app into split screen mode. I tried removing the Mail App and reinstalling it. I still needed a reboot to fix the issue.

    I think you're the first person I've ever heard from that uses the Mail app.



  • @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    It happened again today. I can confirm that it is caused by the Mail App. It seems to be related to moving the app into split screen mode. I tried removing the Mail App and reinstalling it. I still needed a reboot to fix the issue.

    I think you're the first person I've ever heard from that uses the Mail app.

    I will take that as a compliment 🙂



  • @IRJ said:

    @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    It happened again today. I can confirm that it is caused by the Mail App. It seems to be related to moving the app into split screen mode. I tried removing the Mail App and reinstalling it. I still needed a reboot to fix the issue.

    I think you're the first person I've ever heard from that uses the Mail app.

    I will take that as a compliment 🙂

    If you'd like. It isn't an insult, at least. As long as it isn't http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lotus notes



  • @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    It happened again today. I can confirm that it is caused by the Mail App. It seems to be related to moving the app into split screen mode. I tried removing the Mail App and reinstalling it. I still needed a reboot to fix the issue.

    I think you're the first person I've ever heard from that uses the Mail app.

    I will take that as a compliment 🙂

    If you'd like. It isn't an insult, at least. As long as it isn't http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lotus notes

    I am just kidding with you. I actually like the mail client for what it is. I know its no Outlook, but its fine for what I am using it for.



  • It works really nice for me because I have 3 Windows 8.1 PCs at home and one at work. It automatically syncs my sent and received email between the two and I dont have to have Outlook licenses on all 3 PCs


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    @alexntg said:

    I think you're the first person I've ever heard from that uses the Mail app.

    First that I have heard of for sure.


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    Not much of Outlook licensing concerns now that Office 365 gives you five licenses per user. And you can use OWA anywhere.


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