cursor draws a box on desktop

February 10, 2011 at 17:05:30
Specs: Windows XP

I accidentally turned on high contrast. Ever since then (even after I cancel high contrast), every time I use the mouse on my desktop, it starts to draw a box. It's as if I am using a select tool and it thinks I want to draw a shape. How can I get this back to the way it was?

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February 10, 2011 at 18:42:58

Can I assume you are not holding down the left key and moving the mouse when this happens?

Does it happen when you click an icon or when you click an empty space?

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February 11, 2011 at 03:15:30

When it happens I am simply clicking the left mouse button. It happens only on empty space. When I click on my icons, the respective program opens.


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February 11, 2011 at 04:06:00

I should add that the box disappears as soon as I release the mouse -- it's more an outline of a box rather than a box itself.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:05:35

If this is a fault then I'm a bit short on ideas about it.

However, if you left click the mouse and then move the mouse just a bit, an outline of a rectangle will start to appear until you release the left button. This is normal and allows you put a box around a group of icons to highlight them and then use a further click to drag them into a new desktop position. Maybe you just hadn't noticed this feature before.

If it's something other than this let us know - maybe someone will have some ideas.

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February 11, 2011 at 15:28:05

I run XP and Win 7 and that occurs on both of them when I do it. You use the movement to draw a box (highlight) an icon or group of icons to move them around the desktop.

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February 11, 2011 at 16:35:32

Thanks for the responses. This is something that was definitely not present before I turned on high contrast. But, it's good to know that it's normal and that I haven't made any critical changes to the system.

I appreciate your help!

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February 11, 2011 at 17:33:28

Very odd, it definitely should have been there.
I've had it on W98 > XP > Vista > Win7 (just checked again).

Maybe you've never clicked and moved your mouse on the desktop that particular way. Otherwise maybe your screen brightness or contrast is a tad diferent now and have made it more visible.

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