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IME / Unicode Box on the Desktop - cannot delete

by TheJessle / March 21, 2011 6:23 AM PDT

My colleague is having a problem that I have never seen before and think it might have something to do with Google Desktop but I'm not sure.

His irritation is a small, white box floating on his desktop. When you click the box it shows a blinking typing cursor, but doesn't accept anything types.

When right clicking a menu pops up with the following options:

Undo (grey)
Cut (grey)
Copy (grey)
Paste (grey)
Delete (grey)
Select All (grey)
Right to left Reading order
Show Unicode control characters
Insert Unicode control character
Close IME
Reconversion (grey)

I haven't had much time to play with it but I don't see an obvious way to get rid of it and the box just appeared over the weekend.

Any help or experience dealing with this one is greatly appreciated!

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Re: IME
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 6:43 AM PDT
http://forum.soft32.com/windows/Unremovable-Window-White-Box-Desktop-ftopict311635.html is about another box, but the troubleshooting methods mentioned might be useful, even in another OS.

IME is short for Input Method Editor. It's a way to enter Chinese or Arabic or Hebrew (or, apparently, Unicode) in Windows using a normal Western keyboard. I've got a lot of IME folders on my hard disk, but didn't activate it. Somehow it seems it was activated with your colleague.
Typing IME in Help and Support with me gives 4 hits. Those might give a clue.

That's all I can tell.

Kees
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Re: IME
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 6:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: IME

It's either a program that runs on startup. Then the clean boot troubleshooting from the link above might help.
Or it's a setting. Then the IME in Help and Support might help.

Somehow, I think the second option more likely. I suppose it's a user setting. Does it disappear is he logs in into another Windows account? If it's very stubborn, switching Windows accounts might be the only solution if you can't find the setting.

Kees

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