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Tue 29 Mar 2005

Here be monsters! (Beyond the desktop edge)

Category : mac and the internet

I accidentally dragged my copypaste clip recorder palette beyond the right edge of my screen - and I could no longer see or use it. Clicking the "display palette" option in the other pallete did not work. Off the edge of my mac universe, it was now lost in the realm of the unknown, like the spot marked "here be monsters" on an old sea dog's map of the ocean.

I began the rescue meddling with screen resolution (System Preferences: Display). But it was already at its maximum and could not be increased to expand the desktop and reveal the pallete at the edge. I tried cmd-option-8 but that visual aid only allows you to increase the screen's magnification (= reduce desktop size), and so it didn't work either.

Then I deleted every copypaste file I could find, hoping to reset the clip pallete's location. But still no joy after reinstalling CopyPaste X (now at version 2.5.4). I suspect I did not manage that well since some files evaded deletion even after a clean startup.

I abandoned that to hunt for a screen magnifier which would also provide a remote window to monitor the pointer when it went off-screen. And SubRosa's macnifier worked perfectly. I found the clip pallete beyond the desktop's right edge and dragged it back to safety! Phew!

Sea monster image from a map, "Monstra Marina" by Sebastian Munster
(1448-1552), from the Historic Cities webpage.

Posted at 3:29AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .