Getting Rid of the Box Around Hard Drive Icons

Discussion in 'macOS' started by southerndoc, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. southerndoc macrumors 6502a

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    When I double click on a hard disk, iDisk, etc. icon, a box appears around the icon. I can click anywhere on the desktop and it's gone.

    Is there a setting to keep this box from appearing at all?

    Call me a neat freak or anal retentive, but I can't stand the box.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You'd rather not know if you'd selected the icon?
     
  3. Sky Blue Guest

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    nope
     
  4. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    Wow, I thought I'd heard of some bad cases of OCD, but this one takes the cake. Sorry, this "problem" can't be "fixed".
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not necessarily true.... there have been some great breakthroughs in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy in recent years! :D
     
  6. smythcc macrumors newbie

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    I think I might know what you are talking about. Is it a black box, also appears around text boxes and what not? If so, the problem is that you have VoiceOver on. Just go into Universal Access inside System Preferences and turn it off, and that should get rid of it.

    Otherwise, I have no idea what you're talking about, and can't help you. Sorry!
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    He's talking about the select box. The one that appears around an icon when you click it.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I believe the OP is referring to the box that appears when you select a drive, that shows that you've selected it.
     

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  9. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I was browsing in the Apple store and at Best Buy and noticed the HD icon was different than the standard. I think the Best Buy one had like an Alien thing on it, and the Apple one had the logo. How do you change that???? I don't mind the box...I just breath deeply and focus...
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To change any drive icon, right-click, Get Info on the drive you want to change, and then do the same for a drive that has the icon you want. Click on the icon you want in the upper left, then press Command-C to copy. Click on the icon you want to change and press Command-V to paste. Done!
     

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  11. slotcarbob macrumors member

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    There would have to be a way to get rid of it, but, since it is probably specific to each icon, you would never be able to do something global. That icon you hate (and yes, you are anal) is actually a second icon, in the resources. Try macgeekery.com, and see if those guys know a way. would love to hear about it if there is.
     
  12. acxz macrumors regular

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    Not wanting a box around an icon != obsessive or compulsive.
     
  13. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    Sweeet! Thanks!
     
  14. southerndoc thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm a little anal about it, but it's not OCD. OCD is a disorder that causes undue stress in someone's life. This might be annoying to have the box around an icon, but it's not causing me distress that affects my life.

    I think the black box is a little useless with the drive menu that's in the finder window. Yes, I like it when I click once and the icon is highlight/boxed. However, if I double click it and it opens a menu, the box serves no purpose. In fact, if I double click the Mac HD icon, Finder boxes it, and then I select my iDisk in the menu on the left of the file window, the box doesn't appear around the iDisk. Instead it remains around the original hard disk icon.

    Anyhoo, the thing that I don't like is the fact that the icon still has the box around it when you close the window. I would prefer the box to go away. (I can live with the box being present while the window is shown.)

    Call me anal about it if you want, but everyone has their own anal tendencies (including some of you teasing me about me being anal).

    :)
     
  15. mahegurl macrumors newbie

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    Finally!!!

    OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! THAT FREAKIN BOX HAS BEEN BUGGING THE HELL OUT OF ME!
    I finally know what to do to get rid of it, thanks so much!!
     
  16. Mal macrumors 603

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    If it's actually a black box, and not the selection indicator which is more gray and/or blue (depending on the situation), then read the posts earlier about turning off VoiceOver. Unless you need VoiceOver, in which case you'll have to just suck it up. If it's a solid black box, though, that's what's causing it, and it's not a default enabled feature.

    jW
     

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