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Strange Windows Explorer icon flag centered in window

Posted on 2011-03-09
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I recently noticed an icon centered in my Windows Explorer window.  I've checked other machines and not seen this.  Does anyone know why this is showing up and what it signifies?
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by:speshalyst
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Can you check to see under View>Toolbars.. if you see anything out of the ordinary?

Leave just the "Standard" checked..

Just a thought..
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by:eaglets
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I had just the Standard and Address toolbars showing. I unchecked the Address and the flag disappeared.  I then unchecked the Standard as well and brought them back.  The flag no longer appears.  Strange.  I wonder what made it appear in the first place?
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Windows :) Expect the Unexpected ... at times ;)
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I see that your toolbars are not locked (the line of dots at the left side of each toolbar indicates this), meaning they can be dragged around to different positions - either on purpose or accidentally.

Furthermore, the same Windows icon normally appears in the upper right corner of an Explorer window, as shown in the attached picture.

Therefore, it seems likely that one of two things happened:  either your toolbars got accidentally dragged around, or a toolbar was recently removed.  Either way, Windows got confused and left a gap at the top rather than justifying all the toolbars to the top of the window.  When you removed and readded the toolbars, the positions were recalculated and the gap was fixed.

Windows Weirdness at its best!

:)
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Thanks, glad I could help!

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Something quite funny to add:

I was tinkering around with an explorer window, moving toolbars around and locking/unlocking the toolbars to try to replicate the symptoms here (without immediate success) before I posted my answer.  After posting the answer, I relocked the toolbars, and closed the window.

A few minutes ago, I reopened the window (from a shortcut), and saw the exact same centered Windows icon you described.  I succeeded, apparently, in confusing Windows enough to duplicate the symptoms!

For the record, I was able to fix it by unlocking the toolbars and dragging the topmost toolbar (the Menu bar) upward.

:)
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