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  1.    26 Jan 2016 #1
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    Where is the the hourglass or equivalent?


    I don't see any indication when programs take time to load. I would expect to see an hourglass or equivalent but I get nothing. This leaves me wondering whether to wait or click again! Sometimes results in multiple instances of program running. Is there any setting I can change to fix this?

    I'm running free win 10 upgrade on Lenovo laptop.
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  2.    26 Jan 2016 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxfocus View Post
    I don't see any indication when programs take time to load. I would expect to see an hourglass or equivalent but I get nothing. This leaves me wondering whether to wait or click again! Sometimes results in multiple instances of program running. Is there any setting I can change to fix this?

    I'm running free win 10 upgrade on Lenovo laptop.
    Welcome to W10 forum.
    A good start would be to open Task Manager, click on Startup tab, and end tasks of any program that are not necessary when starting.
    At top right it gives the bios startup time, so you will be able to judge after ending certain tasks.
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  3.    26 Jan 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Welcome to W10 forum.
    A good start would be to open Task Manager, click on Startup tab, and end tasks of any program that are not necessary when starting.
    At top right it gives the bios startup time, so you will be able to judge after ending certain tasks.
    Sorry but maybe I didn't explain my problem well enough? It's not how long programs take to load that is concerning me but that while they are loading I get no indication that anything is happening. So for instance if I double click my "open office" icon it can take several seconds before the application makes an appearance. In the meantime I don't know if it's really loading or my double click didn't take. In the past I'm used to seeing an hourglass or maybe rotating circular arrow or similar that lets me know the app is loading. Is there any setting that would restore this feature for me?
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  4.    26 Jan 2016 #4
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    Hi just try one click as on mine if I double click it takes me back out
    After one click normally like 5-10 seconds you should see the little circles appear
    It could even be less depending how many programs you have open
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  5.    26 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxfocus View Post
    Sorry but maybe I didn't explain my problem well enough? It's not how long programs take to load that is concerning me but that while they are loading I get no indication that anything is happening. So for instance if I double click my "open office" icon it can take several seconds before the application makes an appearance. In the meantime I don't know if it's really loading or my double click didn't take. In the past I'm used to seeing an hourglass or maybe rotating circular arrow or similar that lets me know the app is loading. Is there any setting that would restore this feature for me?
    In the top left hand corner you can see rotating circle indicating loading.
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  6.    26 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    In the top left hand corner you can see rotating circle indicating loading.
    No, I can't? My default view when starting windows 10 is of the old fashioned desktop. That's the way I like it. I mainly use traditional programs rather than the new style apps which I don't really understand the need for anyway. So on my desktop are icons that are only selected when clicked. A double click is needed to actually run the program. All this though seems irrelevant to me as however I run the program (could be from file explorer) makes no difference. I still don't see any indication that something is happening while waiting for it to appear. Could it be that I'm the only one who remembers the purpose of the hourglass and newer equivalents? I think not. All I'm saying is I'm not seeing it when programs take time to load. I can't believe this feature has been dropped in windows 10. has it?
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  7.    26 Jan 2016 #7
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    To: fxfocus

    1. You are right. By default, Single left click is to Select, Double left click is to Open, unless an user changed that manually.

    2. I have not seen the "hour glass" since I quit Windows Vista.
    If you click open a desktop shortcut and it takes a bit to open, you should see a blue animated circle on screen.
    If you see nothing to indicate that it is running, I have no answer for that.
    Last edited by davidhk; 26 Jan 2016 at 15:58.
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  8.    26 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    To: fxfocus

    1. You are right. By default, Single click is to Select, Double click is to Open, unless an user changed that. Never mind what others said to you.

    2. I have not seen the "hour glass" since I quit Windows Vista.
    If you click open a desktop shortcut and it takes a bit to open, you should see a blue running circle on screen.
    If you see nothing to indicate that it is running, I have no answer for that.
    Thanks for that. It's difficult to describe what I don't see of course. But the "blue running circle" you describe must be it. Hopefully someone may have a solution. If not, I have been living with it for so long now I suppose it wont be the end of the world.
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  9.    26 Jan 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxfocus View Post
    Thanks for that. It's difficult to describe what I don't see of course. But the "blue running circle" you describe must be it. Hopefully someone may have a solution. If not, I have been living with it for so long now I suppose it wont be the end of the world.
    Actually I just noticed when starting a known slow loader. (mediaportal tv server configuration). That I do see the "blue running circle" for a very short time, then nothing. I'm wondering if this because the operating system is responsible for the initial period, but the application is not showing the circle during the period when it may be responsible during it's initialisation period that occurs before it becomes visible? If that's the case then the problem may be restricted to a subset of programs. I'll try to find something that works but I don't have that many programs that are slow to load. I know when first run chrome is slowish to load and that doesn't show the busy icon.
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  10.    26 Jan 2016 #10
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    Apologies for any confusion or frustration I may have caused. I suspect My system is working fine. My problem was a combination of some badly behaved programs, in particular mediaportal, which are not showing the busy icon when they should and the fact that the icon is both small and located at the cursor position. So it seems I wasn't always looking in the right place as it doesn't exactly jump out at you. Particularly when the cursor is located over the task-bar which I use quite a lot as for instance when I run chrome browser.
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