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Windows 7: desktop rectangle icon

17 May 2015   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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If what sgage posted doesn't help, then see if changing the size of the desktop icons to another size and back may toggle it to stop.

If not, then let's see if rebuilding the icon cache may.
rebuilding the icon cache looks risky to me.
Nar, it's completely safe. I'd recommend to use OPTION ONE to make it easy. It only deletes the cache to have Windows automatically recreate it and load the icons to the cache again. This is necessary if the cache had become corrupted.

I agree. The Windows Defender issue is more serious, and should be sorted first since malware or a virus could be the cause of it.


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17 May 2015   #12
Rose1

windows Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rose1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If what sgage posted doesn't help, then see if changing the size of the desktop icons to another size and back may toggle it to stop.

If not, then let's see if rebuilding the icon cache may.
rebuilding the icon cache looks risky to me.
Nar, it's completely safe. I'd recommend to use OPTION ONE to make it easy. It only deletes the cache to have Windows automatically recreate it and load the icons to the cache again. This is necessary if the cache had become corrupted.

I agree. The Windows Defender issue is more serious, and should be sorted first since malware or a virus could be the cause of it.
Did not work.
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17 May 2015   #13
sgage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rose1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If what sgage posted doesn't help, then see if changing the size of the desktop icons to another size and back may toggle it to stop.

If not, then let's see if rebuilding the icon cache may.
rebuilding the icon cache looks risky to me.
I'm not sure if rebuilding the icon cache is really necessary. The rectangle is just showing keyboard focus - it indicates that the item is selected, and that hitting Enter would open it. You just need to find a way to yank the focus somewhere else. I have a tiny little program called 'mbuptime' (which, um, reports your uptime), which loads practically instantly. I keep it on the top of my start menu. So Ctl-Esc, one cursor down, Enter, and it's all good :-)

Actually, oddly enough, sometimes it takes two tries. Anyway, I'm sure there are other recipes out there. It is a bit of annoyance, though, and I wish MS would address it. It's been around for years and years.
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17 May 2015   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, I was hoping that rebuilding the icon cache may also toggle to remove the focus.
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17 May 2015   #15
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Are you perhaps talking about the small box with the arrow in it that indicates the icon is a link?
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17 May 2015   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It has an arrow because it`s a shortcut. Brink should have a tut to remove it, and there are many programs to remove it.

Best thing is to remove the icons from your desktop, there is no reason to have any icons on the desktop with a taskbar and a start menu and a Documents folder etc etc etc........

Just google "How to remove shortcut arrow from icon"
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17 May 2015   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Are you perhaps talking about the small box with the arrow in it that indicates the icon is a link?
I thought Rose was referring to them being selected, but if she did mean the shortcut arrow overlay on the icon, then the tutorial below can remove them.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore
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17 May 2015   #18
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
It has an arrow because it`s a shortcut. Brink should have a tut to remove it, and there are many programs to remove it.

Best thing is to remove the icons from your desktop, there is no reason to have any icons on the desktop with a taskbar and a start menu and a Documents folder etc etc etc........

Just google "How to remove shortcut arrow from icon"
You can search the tutorials: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/

...or look in the tutorial index: Windows 7 - Tutorial Index

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18 May 2015   #19
Rose1

windows Ultimate
 
 

No not the arrow. The squares where putting the mouse over the icons.
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18 May 2015   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Rose, all that means is that you highlighted or hovered over the icon, it`s totally normal for the icon to do that.

Why is there a Skype icon on your desktop anyway, if you use it alot just pin it to the taskbar or the start menu and delete it off the desktop
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