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How to get rid of focus rectangle in Windows 8.1 64 Bit?

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    Prison
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    How to get rid of focus rectangle in Windows 8.1 64 Bit?


    Hi. I recently reinstalled Windows 8.1 and noticed this white box around a tile or setting when I hover over it. It's like accessiblity or something but I didn't change any settings than what I usually do. This has never happened on any older Installations before. I think it may have imported a setting from my Microsoft account but I'm not sure. There is another person who is experiencing the same situation like me but they didn't find a solution I think. How do I remove these "autofocus" selection borders from the Windows 8.1/8 tile screen? - Super User

    Here is a screenshot of my problem:

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    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    Prison
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    How to get rid of focus rectangle in Windows 8.1 64 Bit?


    Hi. The dotted rectangle is really annoying and I would like to get rid of it permanently. Refreshing desktop and restarting PC is just a temporary fix. I tried the universal remover but it didn't work after I restarted. The focus rectangle was still there. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    Prison
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Also this blue rectangle is driving me crazy too! Thanks.

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Custom theme? I don't get the white lines as shown in your first screen shot, all I get is a slight color change.
    My recycle bin also doesn't look like that, more like what's in your third screen shoot, a light blue box with a thin line around it.
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  5. #5


    Prison
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Custom theme? I don't get the white lines as shown in your first screen shot, all I get is a slight color change.
    My recycle bin also doesn't look like that, more like what's in your third screen shoot, a light blue box with a thin line around it.
    I deleted the custom/unsaved/synced themes and loaded up a Windows default theme and still same thing. :l
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It's a mystery to me?
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    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    What folks are seeing are related to where Windows has the focus whether an icon, maybe a tile, a file name, etc. That focus goes back quite a ways in showing what will occur if the Enter key is pressed, can be handy in conjunction with the Tab key when the mouse quits working.
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    Prison
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Well if it can't be turned off...I guess I can live with that. Thanks anyway.
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    Hafnarfjrur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Is this what you mean because I'm not totally sure.

    I really can't say it bothers me greatly though if you mean the slight "fuzziness" at the extreme edge of the Icon

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Control Panel►System►Advanced System Settings:

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    Uncheck #5 and press Apply AND OK.
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