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How to remove blue rectangle focus

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    How to remove blue rectangle focus


    hello, can someone help me fix this annoying problem.

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    suddenly the blue rectangle won't disappear even if i refresh.. the folder is still in focus.. how do i remove that?! and what's the cause? your help will be much appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Click the View tab and uncheck the Item Check Box. Close the screen and reopen it, it should be gone.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Click the View tab and uncheck the Item Check Box. Close the screen and reopen it, it should be gone.
    sir/mam the item check box is already unchecked..
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by juvil01 View Post
    hello, can someone help me fix this annoying problem.

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    suddenly the blue rectangle won't disappear even if i refresh.. the folder is still in focus.. how do i remove that?! and what's the cause? your help will be much appreciated.
    Hello Juvil, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The blue rectangle is to help indicate the last item selected in the folder window when focus is lost. Otherwise it would be selected with the solid transparent blue rectangle when it's in focus.

    The only way that I know of to get rid of it is to back out of the folder, then go back to the folder in the navigation pane without selecting anything in the folder.

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    But i used to be able to get rid of it by refreshing the windows explorer, now it's stuck.
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  6. #6


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


    Left click "This PC" in the navigation pane.---

    Before
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    After---Highlight is gone---

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    A video---

    Last edited by David Bailey; 29 Jul 2014 at 17:10.
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  7. #7


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Does this blue rectangle stay on anything else you click on?
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  8. #8


    It works that way for me as well. Why is this a problem, it's doing what it's supposed to do.

    Works the same in Vista, Windows 7 and 8/8.1.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    It works that way for me as well. Why is this a problem, it's doing what it's supposed to do.

    Works the same in Vista, Windows 7 and 8/8.1.
    Because it wasn't like that before. Yes it highlights, but when i click on a white space or refresh the windows explorer it used to go away. I just want to get rid of it, i find it annoying. I also have no idea what caused it. It just happened.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Does this blue rectangle stay on anything else you click on?
    No sir/mam, only in the windows explorer.
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