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Annoying WinXP icon

Every once in a while an icon appears on my desktop.  It's a black triangle pointing up, a smaller circle under it, and under that a black triangle pointing down.  It seems to want to help me scroll things faster, and I can grab the black dot and move the thing around the screen.

It's annoying as hell.  The only way I've found to get rid of it is a reboot, which I'll be doing in the next 30 seconds.

Any clues what it is?  Better yet, anyone know of a website that lists all my running processes and tells me what they are?  ApntEx.exe?  Apoint.exe?  DLG.exe?  mozilla.exe?  Ok, I know what that last one is.  But the others?

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Snotnose
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

That sure sounds like what happens when you click the scroll wheel on most current mice.  I'd start by looking at your mouse settings.

Emperor Norton
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

To undo it, simoly reclick your center mouse button / scroll wheel.  I also want to say ESC works too.

Elephant
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I'm on a laptop, I don't have a mouse wheel.  Escape doesn't clear it, and nothing on the mouse settings jumps out at me.

I think it is the mouse though, I've seen it before.  Most likely at home, where I do have a scroll wheel.

Sure wish I had a scroll wheel on this laptop, sigh.

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Snotnose
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Hot damn!  Pressing both mouse buttons (old unix trick) changed it to a square with 4 triangles pointing NSEW, a second time got rid of it, and the third time brought it back.  It cycles between the 3 states  Thanks!

Now how are we supposed to use this "feature"?  I don't recall ever hearing about it before.

Snotnose
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I dunno.  I always knew it existed, and most people know that both buttons at the same time is the 3rd button.  It's real useful when doing image editing and you want to pan around an image.

Elephant
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

It's an auto-scroll. When that's on the screen, move your mouse above or below the center point and the screen will scroll automagically. The further you move your mouse, the faster the scroll.

Does anyone actually use this thing? It seems like a solution in search of a problem to me...

Philo

Philo
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

See above Philo.  Useful for panning around images.  Allows you to "scroll" in both the horizontal and vertical directions simultaneously.  Probably also useful for CAD programs.

Elephant
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I use this feature all the time.  In fact, I used it to scroll through this thread.  I'd guess that I do 99% of my scrolling with it where it's supported.  The advantage it has over the scrollbar is that it's right there -- no need to move the mouse over to the bar.  The advantage it has over the wheel is that it's less jerky and can be left in position to slowly autoscroll while scanning over some text. 

SomeBody
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

That is the "auto-scroll" feature which you can disable my mucking around in your Control Panel->Mouse properties dialog. Just look for words like Trackpoint and things like "Press Center Button and use Trackpoint" and disable them.

Code Monkey
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

It's useful. Set it scroll really slow and you can kick back and just read.

Alex.ro
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Exactly. Just like an autocue.

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Now that the scroll thing is answered, can someone please comment on ApntEx.exe?  Apoint.exe?  DLG.exe?

Ignore my ignorance
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Mostly I just enter the filename (including the extension) in Google, and most of the time it finds the description.

Roel Schroeven
Thursday, April 01, 2004

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