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If you press Windows + C in Windows 8, you will get the new UI element called the Charms Bar. It contains some useful links for sharing and searching:

charms bar

If you want to customize it, searching on internet will probably lead you to a third-party application like this or this. However, it seems that they will only allow you to set a new skin for the bar's buttons.

Is it actually possible to add a new button or remove any existing button from the Windows 8 Charms Bar?

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I would like to pin my favorite apps there :P – kiewic Oct 29 '12 at 17:38
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The charms bar was designed with only these in mind. There is no official way to add icons to the charms bar.

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And with good reason. They're trying for consistency (for a change) across all editions of Windows 8. – user3463 Oct 29 '12 at 17:37
They have been looking after such consistency by making their recent products less and less customizable (ribbons, charm bar, start menu, etc). This is why people should use Linux. – Hossein Mar 11 '13 at 19:26

Whilst it is not possible to do exactly what you desire with the Windows 8 Charms Bar, there is a degree of manipulation that can be achieved with it.

My WCP CharmBar Customizer is a free portable application that will help customize many aspects of the Windows 8 Charms Bar.

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If at any time, you decide that you don’t like the changes anymore, you can restore default settings with only one click.


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