What is this "?" for?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bigbigbob, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. bigbigbob macrumors newbie

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    I can't figure out what the question mark next to the change view buttons is suppose to be. Can anyone help me?

    Screen shot 2010-02-23 at 7.17.47 AM.png
     
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  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    But the question was "What is it?" not "How do I get rid of it?"

    And, if "What is it ?" is answered, maybe "How did it get there?" will be too.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    That is true.

    Maybe it was a customized add-on (2nd screenshot), put there by another application or the user, and now that application is no longer on the system, or just broken, the "?" appears. Maybe hovering over the "?" icon will reveal something.
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Since I'm using OS X 10.4.11, I looked at screen shots at Apple.com and it appears that with OS X 10.6 that there isn't normally anything in that position. My guess is that it was either something that was installed on your Mac (application/utility) that you've since removed or something that was accidentally placed there and is now now longer on your Mac.

    Normally if you have something in the toolbar, sidebar or the dock and it's deleted from it's actual position on your Mac you'll get a question mark? If you hover over the question mark you should get a tool tip that says what it used to be. You can get rid of the the question mark by Command clicking on it and dragging it off the toolbar, it'll disappear in a poof of smoke. If you want whatever it was back you'll have to add it again by finding it on your Mac and dragging it and holding over the toolbar until a space for it appears and then let go of it. It will then be in the toolbar as well as the original location on your Mac.
     

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