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Calling all ships at sea, particularly those who know their way around a Mac. 

I foolishly left the cover of my Mac open while I did some chores; BB came back to find Phil sitting on the keyboard (because cat). He shoo'ed him off, but the damage had been done; I now have a visual panel, or pane, up that I can't get rid of because I don't know what it's called, and I don't know which keys were depressed in what manner by the ^&%$@ cat to make this function start. 

It appears to be a panel that tells me exactly what my cursor is doing and where it is. Unless I turn the sound off, I also get a mechanical voice saying the same thing that appears in the panel. And whatever I put my cursor on gets etched in black (that's in addition to the descriptive panel.)

It therefore appears to be something that would describe what the cursor is doing, while making that description easy to understand for either a visually or aurally impaired computer user. So you'd think there'd be something in the files under "accessibility" or "accessibility aids," but there isn't, or at least not that I can find out. 

I've checked my Mac help files under "description pane" and "description panel," under "text pane (and panel)"; under "cursor," "cursor description pane" and a lot of other descriptors I can think of. Nothing leads me to any help subject that I can understand. 

I made a screen capture of it, and will show it here, if I can actually get photo bucket or the Google image process to work. If anyone can help guide me to whatever I need to do to get rid of this thing, I'd be grateful. 

Welp: I can't get the fucking image uploaded anywhere in order to embed it in this post, so I can't show you the thing that I'm looking at on the screen, which means that you really don't have anything with which to identify the stupid pane I'm dealing with. But it's making use of this computer - the only one I have to deal with, and my work computer, if you'll remember - almost impossible. It won't let me scroll properly, so it's incredibly hard to edit anything. Perhaps this information can help, though: As I'm typing this, the pane is actually showing each individual key I'm typing, including typing out the word "space" when I hit the space bar.

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Sep. 9th, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
Urgh, no! I hope someone more knowledgeable will be able to help you, dear ♥
Sep. 9th, 2017 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, the totally awesome Owls gave me the answer, and I am free of the bloody thing. (I'd actually been circling the right answer for some time, but kept waltzing right past it despite that. Duh. Thank god Owls is a lot smarter than I am.
Sep. 10th, 2017 05:12 am (UTC)
Yay for tech-savvy people! :)
Sep. 10th, 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)
Indeed - sometimes I know what to do, just by virtue of hanging out around other tech savvy people, but a lot of the time, I'm completely at a loss without their help.
Sep. 10th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
Same here :)
Sep. 10th, 2017 03:48 pm (UTC)
So happy you got it sorted!
Sep. 10th, 2017 04:24 pm (UTC)
You're tellin' me, bub!/Wolverine
Sep. 11th, 2017 03:41 pm (UTC)
Gods!! Hope you got an answer...man, I need to learn a Mac!

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:45 pm (UTC)
Owls gave me the help I needed - it was an accessibility function for folks who are visually or hearing impaired, and I was able to turn it off. Bless him.

*hugs back*
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