Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Charms: Search, share, start, devices, and settings

The five charms—Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings—provide shortcuts to common tasks and are always available on the right side of your screen.


No matter where you are in Windows, the charms help you do the things you do most often, like search, share links and photos, connect devices, and change settings. What you can do with the charms can change depending on if you're on the Start screen or using an app, so start exploring.

Here’s how to open charms:

Touch: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap the one you want.
Mouse: Move the mouse pointer into the upper or lower-right corner of the screen, then click the charm you want.
Keyboard: Press a charm key on a Surface Cover.

Here’s what you can do with them:

  • Search charm
    Search. Search for anything. You can search just the app you're in (like finding a specific message in Mail), search another app (look up something on the Internet), or you can search your Surface for an app, setting, or file. For more info, see How to search.
  • Share charm
    Share. Share files and info with people you know or send info to another app, without leaving the app you're in. You can email photos to your mom, update your Facebook status, or send a link to your note–taking app. For more info, see Share photos and Web pages.
  • Start charm
    Start. Go to the Start screen. Or if you're already on Start, this charm takes you to the last app you were in.
  • Devices charm
    Devices. Use all of the devices that are connected to your Surface, both wired and wireless. You can print from an app or stream movies to your TV.
  • Setting charm
    Settings. Change settings for apps and your Surface. You'll find settings, help, and info for the app you're in, plus common PC settings—network connection, volume, brightness, notifications, power and keyboard. For more info, see Customize Surface and app settings.