How to enable or disable the Proximity function on Windows 8

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Windows 8 introduces a new experience called Proximity. The proximity service allows applications on your Windows 8 PC to exchange information with another PC if you bring your PC closer to the target device.

Windows 8 Proximity function

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Proximity in Windows 8 supports near-field communication devices that allow communication between computers with typing motion. Proximity supports connecting peer applications on separate computers with a tap and subscribing and publishing messages while the devices are nearby.

Near-field communication or NFC is a set of standards for computers and smartphones to establish radio communication with each other by touching or joining them together, usually a few centimetres or less. It also works when your device is turned off or when the battery is discharged.

These settings allow you to disable the Proximity service for Windows and all applications on your computer.

Each application that uses the Proximity service can have its own parameters. The individual parameters must be maintained by the individual applications themselves. Here you can only activate or deactivate the global proximity function.

To do this, clear or check the Enable proximity experience check box and click Apply.

Create a Windows 8 Proximity Settings shortcut

To easily access the Proximity service, create a new desktop shortcut by following the procedure below:

Right-click the desktop > New > Shortcut > Enter the position of the item in the field , copy it.

%WinDir%explorer.exe shell::::{8060B2E3-C9D7-4A5D-8C6B-CE8EBA11131328}.


Click Next > Give it a name and click Finish. A desktop shortcut is created. You can click the shortcut to quickly open the proximity settings. Go here if you want to see more new CLSIDs and shortcuts in Windows 8.

Developers, OEMs, etc. can learn more about proximity devices and Windows 8 Near Field Proximity Implementation Specification at MSDN.

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