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Big orange arrow stays when I return to desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Big orange arrow stays when I return to desktop


    I'm running 8.1 with the old-style desktop, not Metro tiles. If I switch to tiles, a big black rectangle appears on the LHS of my screen. In it is a big orange arrow and the words, 'Switch between apps. Swipe in from the edge to go back to the last app you were using.'

    I'm using a laptop, not a tablet. I can't swipe.

    Once the rectangle appears, it overlays the tiles screen; search results appear beneath it. When I return to the desktop, the rectangle stays. ESC doesn't get rid of it, nor do any other keys I can think of.

    Could someone please tell me how to get rid of this unwelcome intruder?

    Thanks,

    Mary

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  2. #2


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    I had that happen too but it seems to have gone away on its own.
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  3. #3


    Is there a black line running down the center of your screen with 3 dots in the center of the line?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Mine hasn't gone away. I have to reboot or log off to make it go away. It makes working or even web-surfing difficult verging on impossible!

    No, I don't have a black line down the centre of my screen.

    Mary
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  5. #5


    Posts : 19,612
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mary,

    These would be help tips to help explain what those actions are and how to use them.

    If you like, the tutorial below can help show you how to disable these help tips.

    Help Tips - Enable or Disable in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #6


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    Thanks for that Brink.
    I honestly haven't done any of that but these tips have stopped appearing - but I'm not complaining
    I have no idea why
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Hi Shawn

    That worked. I changed it in gpedit.msc. 'enabled' it, that is. It does seem perverse to click 'enable' to disable something, but it seems to be a consistent W8/8.1 phenomenon.

    You've helped me more times than I can count, on the W7 forum and now here - sometimes by answering a question of mine, but mostly through your tutorials or answers to others. I just want to say thank you for all your help since I joined the W7 forum in 2009.

    Best wishes

    Mary
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  8. #8


    Posts : 19,612
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Mary.
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  9. #9


    Hi Brink:

    THANK you so much for your extremely useful contribution to the community.

    Best,

    Tom
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