If running Windows 8.1 on a normal machine and in Metro/RT mode it is not impossible you will see the “Switch between apps” square on the middle left side and it will be on top of everything and probably disturb you, sure did for me.
Updated 20th November 2013, the solution below as seen by comments doesn’t seem to work for everyone, it sure did work for me, but now recommending the second solution to disable help tips with policies.
Solution 1 (move mouse to upper left corner)
The solution/fix to make it disappear (go away!) was fast once you know it – just move the mouse (or your finger if you got touch) to the upper left corner of your screen and it goes away or do what it says, slide your fingers/mouse pointer to the far right screen in this case.
There are more extreme solutions such as kill the current Metro app with ALT + F4 or log off/shut down but this friendly windows will come back and annoy you.
Solution 2 (use policies/registry)
If you work in an Enterprise environment or want to automate this so it doesn’t show up in first place you can enable policy “Disable help tips” (User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Edge UI)
If setting this by local polices only on your machine you can follow these steps
- start MMC.exe (type MMC in search or alike and the system will find it)
- A new window starts, go File -> Add/Remove Snap-ins…
- Select “Group Policy Object…” and then click on add
- Accept default local computer and click on ‘finish’
- Then press “OK” button
- Browse down to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Edge UI
- Check Enabled Disable help tips, press Apply/OK and you are done.
If you cannot see Group Policies… then you should be able to solve this by modify the registry directly, either by using regedit or running this command in an elevated cmd.exe
reg add HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI /v DisableHelpStick /t reg_dword /d 1 /f
This solution comes from one of the comments of this blog post (thanks/Credit: Ugh)
“I managed to get rid of the stupid window by taking one of the tile programs (you know those awful things that go full screen with no close button), grabbing it at the top of the screen with the hand shaped icon, and then dragging that application into the top left corner. Then the silly Switch between apps window went away and I have not seen its like since.“