The Share charm: Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about the Share charm.

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What is the Share charm?

The Share charm is a convenient way to share links, photos, and information without leaving the app you're in. You can share with one or two people at a time, or update your entire social network.

How do I open the Share charm?

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Share.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Share.)

How do I use the Share charm to share something?

  1. Open an app or folder, find a photo, link or file you want to share, then swipe down or right-click it to select it.

    Note

    • The files and information that can be shared might be different depending on the app you're sharing from.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Share.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Share.)

  3. Tap or click the app you want to share with, then follow the directions on the screen.

Can I remove apps from the Share charm?

Yes. The Share charm automatically lists all of the apps installed on your PC that can share. But if you don't want certain apps to appear, you can remove them from the list without uninstalling them.

To remove an app from the app list

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
    Then tap or click Share.

  2. Under Use these apps to share, find the app you don't want to appear, then set the slider to Off to remove it.

Are there settings for the Share charm that I can change?

Yes, you can hide or clear the list of the apps, people and devices you share with most often, and you can decide if you want the apps you use most often to be at the top of the app list.

To stop showing the apps you use most often at the top of the app list

The apps you use most often to share appear at the top of the list of apps in the Share charm automatically. But you can turn this option off if you like, and all of your apps will be listed alphabetically.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
    Then tap or click Share.

  2. Tap or click the Show apps I use most often at the top of the app list slider to turn it off.

To hide the list of apps, people and devices you share with most often

By default, the apps, people and devices you share with most often are listed together so you can get to them quickly. But you can hide the list, clear it, or change the number of items in the list.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
    Then tap or click Share.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Tap or click the Show a list of how I share most often slider to turn it off.

    • If you want to clear the list instead of hiding it, tap or click the Clear list button. You can also change the number of items that appear in the list.