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Windows 7: Dotted Border Help

09 Mar 2010   #21
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Then I guess we'll all have to petition Microsoft to remove it


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09 Mar 2010   #22
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gladson1976 View Post
There is no way to disable the dotted border around icons. It is not a bug.
Sorry guys, I'm pretty sure this has been reported as a bug. In Win 7, it's suppose to be showing a translucent rectangular highlight of the icon, not a dotted border as in the days of 95, 98 etc. Something triggers it every now and then to revert back to the dotted border which is the bug. A reboot will get it back to the proper highlight until it happens again.
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09 Mar 2010   #23
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well i doubt its a bug and if it is i want them to release a patch to fix it
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12 Apr 2010   #24
MoRbIdBoY

Windows 7
 
 

The solution is very simple. You go into "Control Panel", then "Ease of access centre" (or "Center" as Americans prefer to misspell it...) Anyway... Click on "Make the keyboard easier to use" and then UNTICK the option "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys". Yes I know what your thinking: "No THAT's not what I'm talking about..." And yes, it is... try it... Then refresh your desktop a couple of times with F5.

No more nasty dotted borders. Just the nice clean Aero style one.

And the rest of you... Windows 7 professionals?... Phffff.....
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12 Apr 2010   #25
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoRbIdBoY View Post

And the rest of you... Windows 7 professionals?... Phffff.....
Bit harsh - see my signature!
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12 Apr 2010   #26
MoRbIdBoY

Windows 7
 
 

Yes I was only kidding, I've needed this site more than once. But that WAS an easy one, lol. (and I did sign up JUST to help the guy).
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12 Apr 2010   #27
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DQScott95 View Post
My friend, that is a focus rectangle... You'll see them all over the place in Windows. What they do is indicate where your keyboard will send characters as you type. On the desktop they tell you what icon will be activated if you hit enter.

These are not an annoyance, they are a healthy and beneficial part of operating your computer.
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12 Apr 2010   #28
MoRbIdBoY

Windows 7
 
 

Not on Windows 7 Aero theme they're not. They're replaced with the Aero style "clean", "lined" border. Not a Windows 3.1 dotted border, lol. It looks silly having the nice translucent filled box around an icon and then a dotted rectangle inside that as well. They have no place in Windows 7. They shouldn't be activated and they're not when Windows 7 is first installed. I don't know what activates these, probably pen tablet settings or messing around with the mouse or accessibility options. I only know about this because I work for Careers Advice as I.T Support and have set up computers for disabled users and noticed it was a useless ugly option. It's not even useful for disabled people.

Here's what your missing:


Looks a bit better than your box (don't you think?).
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12 Apr 2010   #29
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoRbIdBoY View Post
Not on Windows 7 Aero theme they're not. They're replaced with the Aero style "clean", "lined" border. Not a Windows 3.1 dotted border, lol.
I agree and that is the total mis-understanding of this dotted border situation. Alot of users are using classic style or Vista Basic which I think do use the old style dotted box focus rectangle. When said users on non Aero theme see dotted box described as being a bug/problem, they naturally assume that the dotted box is a normal theme element and it isn't for someone using the Aero theme. Your screenshot shows the normal focus rectangle for the Aero theme. A certain combination of keystrokes/refreshes etc.. will revert an Aero theme temporarily back to the old dotted focus rectangle. I can easily reproduce this, I have a desktop context menu command of Select All. I can run Select All to select all the icons/folders on my desktop and after all are selected, I can click anywhere on the desktop and get the bugged dotted rectangle.

Dotted Border Help-untitled.jpg

Refresh, as some suggest, will not make it go away. Up until now, Re-boot is the only way. I said up until now because MoRbIdBoY's way of curing it may work, I haven't tried it.

And again, below is the normal focus rectangle for Aero theme users which is not a dotted border focus rectangle

Dotted Border Help-untitled2.jpg

I know that windows UI uses dotted focus rectangles in other areas but not on the Desktop running Aero theme.


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12 Apr 2010   #30
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greg S View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoRbIdBoY View Post
Not on Windows 7 Aero theme they're not. They're replaced with the Aero style "clean", "lined" border. Not a Windows 3.1 dotted border, lol.
I agree and that is the total mis-understanding of this dotted border situation. Alot of users are using classic style or Vista Basic which I think do use the old style dotted box focus rectangle. When said users on non Aero theme see dotted box described as being a bug/problem, they naturally assume that the dotted box is a normal theme element and it isn't for someone using the Aero theme. Your screenshot shows the normal focus rectangle for the Aero theme. A certain combination of keystrokes/refreshes etc.. will revert an Aero theme temporarily back to the old dotted focus rectangle. I can easily reproduce this, I have a desktop context menu command of Select All. I can run Select All to select all the icons/folders on my desktop and after all are selected, I can click anywhere on the desktop and get the bugged dotted rectangle.

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Refresh, as some suggest, will not make it go away. Up until now, Re-boot is the only way. I said up until now because MoRbIdBoY's way of curing it may work, I haven't tried it.

And again, below is the normal focus rectangle for Aero theme users which is not a dotted border focus rectangle

Attachment 66861

Ok... I see where this is going left on us...

There are two focus mechanisms at work ... Mouse (the nice milky square) and Keyboard (the dreaded dotted rectangle).... Simply pointing your mouse at the icon gets you the square. HOWEVER... when you click on the open desktop and type anything on the keyboard it gains keyboard focus as well... now you get the dotted square.

This is NOT a bug... it is telling you what's going to happen if you hit Enter on your keyboard...This is visual feedback to the user and it is --like I said before-- a helpful and essential part of using your computer.

Really... you do realize that you can run windows without a mouse... don't you?
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