Jul 1, 2011

Cleaning up Floating Widgets on your Screen

I'm running Windows 7 and every now and then I end up with an item from a menu or combo box floating on my screen. It's like a little lost puppy that can't find its way home, only way more annoying. The left over drek typically clutters my screen until I restart. I found an easier way for the widget to find its way back home:

Under Control->Panels –>Performance Information and Tools->Adjust Visual Effects

imageTurn off the checkbox for Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons. It takes a minute or more to reconfigure your display, be patient. I then turn it back on. In the meantime the floating widget found its rightful place and is no longer hanging around on my screen.

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Tod Gentille (@todgentille) is now a Curriculum Director for Pluralsight. He's been programming professionally since well before you were born and was a software consultant for most of his career. He's also a father, husband, drummer, and windsurfer. He wants to be a guitar player but he just hasn't got the chops for it.