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margaretC
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Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad x301 using Windows Vista Business. When I use a hot key such as the one for the screen brightness, the one for the screen light, or the mute function, I get an odd large "icon" on the desktop that will not go away. I have to turn the computer off and then turn it back on to get rid of it. The appearance of the "icon" varies depending what function it is "displaying" but it is always black and white. Help!

danf1970
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

I know what indicators you're talking about, as I had the caps lock indicator on my Thinkpad staying on the screen so I searched for the setting.  Go to Display Settings in the Control Panel, click on Change Display Settings on left menu, then on Advanced Settings and another box comes up.  Then click the On Screen Display tab and you'll see the settings for what you're referring too, the fade out time should be set to just a few seconds so those adjustments don't remain on the screen.  You'll also see the Caps lock icon setting there also, at least that's how it is on my model. I hope this helps!

margaretC
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

Wow. That worked. Thank you. The Lenovo fellow I talked to didn't have a clue what I was talking about. The setting you mentioned was not set to go off at all. ... I set it to 4 seconds and it works like a charm. Thanks again danf1970!

vanila
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

hi there i had the exact prob too. it's tad annoying. thanks a lot for sharing, really! u're a genius!
FraserOttawa
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

I now have this issue on Windows 10.  Does anyone know how to get rid of it/them?

semalmquist
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

I have this same issue since upgrading to Windows 10.  A black icon appears at the bottom of my desktop that looks like a light with a slash through it.  I assume it is the brightness indicator.  I went through the suggestion regarding the num and caps lock icons but those do not affect this one.  If you can help me out I'd appreciate it.  

 

I'm refering to the icon at the middle bottom of the desktop display.   

Odd Icon.jpg

 

This is a ThinkPad E420s, Windows 10

Timberline
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

I noticed your photo of the brush or no light icon in the middle center of the screen on my Lenovo E530. Wondering if you ever found the solution to this problem?

 

Thanks

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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

That icon is telling you that the ThinkLight is off.  (Whether you have one or not...)

 

There may be something in this thread that will help:

 

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/tp04_en/page/1/thread-id/21287

 

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fn3
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Message 9 of 10

Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

Press Fn+Spacebar. It might turn the Thinklight on even when your Thinkpad does not have Thinklight and that will remove the icon (because the icon indicates that the Thinklight is off.)

semalmquist
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Re: Can't Remove Odd Icon on Desktop

Thank you for your suggestions FN3.  Unfortunately I don't have that ThinkPad any longer.  I sold it last winter but I did get rid of that light icon -- but I don't remember now what I did.  The machine was reimaged prior to the sale so that is probably what happened to it.  

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