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Huge icon at pointer during drag and drop (Explorer)

  1. #1


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Huge icon at pointer during drag and drop (Explorer)


    I have had this issue to some extent from Windows 7 onwards, but it has got worse with successive Windows versions, and it's now quite insane since I 'upgraded' from Win8 to 8.1 (x64).

    The problem is that when I drag and drop from Desktop or Explorer or my regular file manager (FreeCommander), an absolutely huge icon appears at the tip of the mouse pointer, representing the file being dragged (or, in an application, representing the block of text being dragged). Not only is this extremely distracting, but it actually makes it difficult and indeed sometimes impossible to see the exact point where I mean to be dropping the item.

    I so much want to turn off that behaviour. Sure, I want a small, discreet little rectangle or tiny icon to show at the mouse pointer, so that I know that I am indeed dragging something, as I used to get a long time ago, but not this great big obstructive thing that appears for each drag and drop nowadays. It may look clever or 'cool', but it is dysfunctional and obstructive.

    So, does any nice person here have any idea of a means to change that behaviour to something sensible and not obstructive? -- Many thanks!

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  2. #2


    India
    Posts : 1,034
    Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8.1 x64


    Hi Philip, Welcome to Sevenforums. Try this.

    Click Start, type: Advanced system settings
    Under Performance, click 'Settings'
    Under Visual Effects/Custom, uncheck: 'Show window contents while dragging
    Click Apply and OK
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  3. #3


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Ah, thank you - that looked indeed to be the solution, BUT, unfortunately I found that that option was already unchecked, and Windows - or at least, Explorer - is thus still doing it as there was nothing for me to change! I did try enabling that item in Advanced System Properties, applying that, and then disabling it again and applying that - but, no change in drag and drop behaviour, regardless of whether that was checked or unchecked - weird!

    Update - I wasn't describing the situation completely clearly. The unwanted big icon is the file icon, NOT window contents. I've also just checked, and the block of text showing at the cursor during drag occurs in Firefox and BlueGriffon, but NOT in LibreOffice Writer, in which latter just a tiny rectangle shows at the pointer during drag, just as I want for all drag operations.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe these 2 pictures will help:

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
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  5. #5


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    ...Well, except that the issue is not about adjustment of the mouse pointer, which itself is fine for me as it is.
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It may be an issue wiuth the Explorer Program you are using. See if there is a setting for Mouse Pointers in the File Manager App itself.
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  7. #7


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I wouldn't dispute that it may be a Windows Explorer issue, but there is no mouse pointer configuration in the Explorer settings.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Goddard View Post
    I wouldn't dispute that it may be a Windows Explorer issue, but there is no mouse pointer configuration in the Explorer settings.
    I know I installed it. You say you are getting the Huge Pointed from within that program, is that the only place?

    It is the right size in my version. It may be a new confounded Windows 8.1 setting that is not mentioned anywhere, when I get a chance I'll search for "Large Pointer"
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  9. #9


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    With respect, the issue is NOT about pointer size. It is about an over-large icon displayed at the tip of the pointer.
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  10. #10


    India
    Posts : 1,034
    Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8.1 x64


    This issue could be due to the icon cache being corrupted which can be caused by a number of things.
    Try these steps and check if the issue persists.

    pen Windows Explorer (Windows Key + E)
    In the new Window Click Tools from the Menu
    Now click on Select Folder Option
    Now click the View tab
    Select Show Hidden Files Folders and Drives and click Apply;
    Now go to computer as you did in step 1 then type in the address bar –
    %username%\AppData\Local and press Enter
    7. Now locate the Icon Cache File and simply delete it;

    8. Now all you need to do now is restart your PC and this will automatically rebuild the Icon Cache to its normal self.
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