Windows 10: Strange immovable icon on desktop Solved

  1.    25 Dec 2015 #1

    Strange immovable icon on desktop


    Suddenly a strange icon has appeared on the upper left of the desktop of my Surface. It's immovable, floats over all windows, and interferes with pretty well darn near everything I want to do (produce documents & deal with other paperwork about 98% of the time). There is no right-click information, in fact no information of any sort -- left-click, right-click, hover tip, nada. Sorry I don't have screenshot capabilities yet: the icon is black with a sort of grayish tube and small white rectangle at the bottom of the tube. I can slide the white doodad up and down and see a percentage but it bounces right back to the bottom.

    I would think it's telling my the pen battery is low -- except that I checked the battery and it's nearly to the top on both testers(1.3 in voltmeter type, 3/4 toward top of "green" in the range tester; both have proven reliable on other sizes of battery). The contacts are clean and shiny.

    1. Why did this immovable monster appear?

    2. What's with whoever designed it creating an immovable impenetrable in my face mess anyway?

    3. What do I have to do to get rid of it?

    4. Is there anything I can do to make it so I never see it again if I do manage to get rid of it?

    TIA

    Urtica, in very urticaceous mode.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 4,765
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       25 Dec 2015 #2

    Looks familiar ?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Fn - volume bar.jpg 
Views:	49 
Size:	13.1 KB 
ID:	55373

    That is the Volume bar which will appear at top left corner of the screen if you press Fn key + Volume Left/Right key at the keyboard.
    You can have a similar bar for Brightness if you press Fn key + Brightness up/down key at the keyboard.

    Yes, it is unmovable. However, the bar is supposed to disappear by itself after a few seconds. It should not stay on indefinitely.

    Meanwhile, do a system restore. Pick a date when you did not have this issue as your restore point.
    System Restore Windows 10

    P.S. I do not have a Surface. So, what I wrote above may not be applicable to your tablet.

    On my Surface RT, I can reproduce the same icon at upper left if I press Ctrl key + the Speaker icon at top row of the keyboard. But it will go away after a few seconds.
    Last edited by davidhk; 25 Dec 2015 at 18:35.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 5,070
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       25 Dec 2015 #3

    If not as davidhk mentioned, please post a screen capture so we know what you are talking about.

    How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    26 Dec 2015 #4

    davidhk said: View Post
    Looks familiar ?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Fn - volume bar.jpg 
Views:	49 
Size:	13.1 KB 
ID:	55373

    That is the Volume bar which will appear at top left corner of the screen if you press Fn key + Volume Left/Right key at the keyboard.
    You can have a similar bar for Brightness if you press Fn key + Brightness up/down key at the keyboard.

    Yes, it is unmovable. However, the bar is supposed to disappear by itself after a few seconds. It should not stay on indefinitely.
    That is exactly it. Magic rays emanating from your response evidently cured the problem. I'd tried FN-every item that seemed as if it could have a percentage value. And restarted and then shut down with a pause, between attempts. Nada.

    But lo! When I next turned the Surface on the bar was gone. Gone. Gone. (It was shut down overnight rather than for a few minutes, which evidently left time for the Magic Rays to work.) :)

    And thanks so much. I'll have a much better idea what to do if it reappears now. Still learning my way around the Surface and installing my favorite utilities -- I've used Greenshot daily since I got it and forgot all about the snipping tool thingie.

    m
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
I have some strange square every time I start Windows 10, which will be gone when I click on it. Something is run in the background. I see nothing when Windows is just loading. When ESET anti-virus loads, it's still okay. And then somewhere during...
Hi, new member here and am running win 7 home professional and have had the win 10 icon there for a while and a couple days ago i had the prompt saying it was ready to install but haven't installed it yet due to all the problems im hearing about as...
Hi, I need a bit of help from you guys. My cat just walked over my keyboard while I was on the desktop (no applications open) and this happened: https://i.imgur.com/FTkUZVS.jpg (Things in RED are added by me.) I have this strange "grid" on my...
I've got build 10159 installed. I can't find a way to put the This PC icon on the desk top. That should be a simple task. Has any one done it?
Icon at top left of desktop in General Support
12096 This icon used to be in the form of a folder, but I deleted it and it's come back as a piece of paper. I haven't a clue as to what it's for, because when I click on it, nothing happens. Anyone else getting this?
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:03.
Find Us