Excel window appears only in outline

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-09-15
We have a user with a new Dell 64-bit Win7 computer.  He reports that when using Excel, he looks up from typing into a cell and the entire Excel window appears only as an outline and he can't see his work.  As soon as he grabs the mouse, the cursor appears at the right of the system tray, the Excel window reappears and he can continue.  Any ideas as to what's causing this?
Question by:lgottlieb45
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    What you describe is that the Show Desktop "peek" is being activated.  I suspect this isn't an Excel issue and rather a mouse/user issue.  Is he using a wireless mouse?  Perhaps there is some signal interference that's being interpreted as Down/Right mouse movement?  Or perhaps the user is pushing the mouse away after selecting the cell?

    As a workaround, if you right-click the Show Desktop button at the far right of the Task Bar, you can uncheck the "Peek at desktop" option, which is checked by default.

    Author Closing Comment

    Perfect!  Thanks so much!
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    Expert Comment

    My pleasure.

    Out of curiousity, was it a wireless issue or user issue or did you just disable the "Peek"?


    Author Comment

    Disabled the peek

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