Black Box around Icons, forms, etc. - Need to get rid of em!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheSandman2236, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Guys I'm stumped - i've looked around and can't find a way to get rid of these black boxes ( I think I accidentally hit something on my keyboard:apple:.)

    Here are two examples...



    Thanks ahead of time!

    Also, turning off VoiceOver or Zooming didn't work.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Have you turned on high contrast mode in Universal Access by mistake? This is easy to fix. Go into System Preferences, then Universal Access. Uncheck unwanted accessibility options.
  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Actually it's Voice Over, but also in Universal Access Prefs.
  4. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Fixed - thanks for the responses guys. It seems the keyboard wasn't wanting to accept cmd+F5 to turn off VoiceOver. Weird..oh well but it worked! :D :apple: Thanks again!
  5. M.Allen macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2010
    Oh My GOSH... thank u soooo much wrldwzrd89. I was about to kill myself cuz the voice over came on when i was doing something important so w/ out thinking i checked the "do not ask me again" box and i could NOT figure out how to turn off the voice over.
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    A year and a half later, and you're a hero, Sandman. You saved a life!
  7. hanchiumd macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2011
    Additional Problem

    For me just turning off voiceover was not enough. There was a black box of text that had white text that showed exactly what the voice over was saying. When the voice over was off the text box simply said voiceover off.


    Finally I had the common sense to go to system, universal access, voice over utility and found that on the left hand side there is a visuals options and that if you tab over to control panel you can turn the Y#T)&^*)(Y!#@&**$#)(#$!!!!! menu off. How it got turned on in the first place is a mystery to me. I can understand turning on the voice over by inadvertently hitting command F5, but does this turn on that annoying box too? Perhaps.
  8. Orundundj macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
    Harlem, NYC
    Thank you sooooo much!

    I don't know how the sound and black strip got on my computer, after I worked on it last night.
    I think my cat was annoyed I didn't get up to feed her and said, I'll fix her. I did see my cat on my computer. I won't leave the top up AGAIN!!!

    For the few hours I had that voice and black strip, I couldn't do anything! they drove me nuts!!! so as I read on the forum, I feel for the people who had it as long as a year or more.

    I'm glad I came across your answer. I was ready to take my Mac Book Pro to the Apple store. I just couldn't figure it out.
    Hope you get to see my "Thanks!"

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