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Windows 7: Dotted Box around Desktop Icons

02 Jun 2010   #41
kucing13

 

simple tutorial and tool

Remove Focus Rectangle


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21 Jan 2012   #42
Dan the Hitman

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Solution

Click> Start.
Right-Click> Computer.
Click> Advanced System Settings (Left menu, bottom).
Click> Advanced Tab.
Click> Top Settings Box (Performance).
Click> Visual Effects Tab (should be selected already).
Deselect> Show translucent selection rectangle (Tick box/ Check box) REMOVE TICK.
Click> Apply.
Select> Show translucent selection rectangle (Tick box/ Check box) APPLY TICK.
Click> Apply.


PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
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21 Jan 2012   #43
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

A restart fixes it for me. I have seen it happen a bit too.
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21 Jan 2012   #44
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i have had this occasionally and i stopped letting it bother me, when the dotted box appears i click on the taskbar and the box goes, my desktop and laptop get switched off each day so it is completely gone by the next boot,

and it rarely happens so no biggie
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21 Jan 2012   #45
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
simple tutorial and tool

Remove Focus Rectangle
This works and you never see it again.
Jerry
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15 Jul 2012   #46
rsinbad

vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dan the Hitman View Post
Click> Start.
Right-Click> Computer.
Click> Advanced System Settings (Left menu, bottom).
Click> Advanced Tab.
Click> Top Settings Box (Performance).
Click> Visual Effects Tab (should be selected already).
Deselect> Show translucent selection rectangle (Tick box/ Check box) REMOVE TICK.
Click> Apply.
Select> Show translucent selection rectangle (Tick box/ Check box) APPLY TICK.
Click> Apply.


PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
Been trolling through loads of threads on this subject without any joy, very frustrating to say the least. Thanks Dan the Hitman Your solution is the only one that has worked ( I rebooted after following the above method )
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31 Aug 2012   #47
Chillbrook

home 32bit
 
 
Solved now!

This isn't a problem that is always there but that people just don't notice it until one day they do. It's a problem that appears out of the blue and I'm not sure why but there is a way to fix it.
You need to delete your icon cache and restart your computer. To do this you need to go to folder options in the control panel and in the view tab you need to change the settings to show hidden files and folders. Once this is done, go to Users/ Your Username/AppData/local and locate the icon cache file. All you then have to do is delete it and restart your computer. Problem solved.
When this started happening with me I did a google search and this post was top of the list claiming to have solved the problem. Well this post didn't solve the problem until now. Hopefully when people google this problem and this post comes up, they really will have a solution to this annoying problem.
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31 Aug 2012   #48
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

it goes when you restart, with or without deleting your icon cache.
but.
here you go for future reference
Icon Cache - Rebuild
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01 Sep 2012   #49
Chillbrook

home 32bit
 
 
I'm glad that worked for you..

Just shows what an annoying bug this is 'cos restarting didn't solve the problem for me..

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15 Aug 2013   #50
Meanbunny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Greetings everyone. I know this is an old thread, but I found myself with the same problem as the OP today and accidentally just messing around I found a super fast and easy fix to the problem! So, I decided to register because of how simple of a fix this actually was. Just go to your desktop and press alt+escape. That will remove the dotted box outline caused by keyboard navigation. I hope this helps anyone else out there searching for an easy solution to this problem. Cheers!

PS: Make sure to click the desktop background before you press alt+escape to make sure you don't have any program in the background selected.
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