Every now and then, seemingly for no reason, a rectangular magnifying glass window opens up on my damnable Windows machine. The cursor is at its center. I have no idea how it opens or how to close it. (To close it, I reboot.) This is driving me nuts.
I've looked in Windows help and there's a magnifying glass function, but it isn't the same thing. I followed the instructions and nothing happened. (The magnifying glass Windows Help helped with is horizontal across the top of the screen. This is rectangular and follows the cursor.)
Clearly, I'm triggering it somehow. I thought I'd determined that it had something to do with hitting some kind of control-alt combo, but it just opened when my only contact was with the mouse. (I was swilling from a bottle of diet Mountain Dew with my other hand.)
Does anyone have any ideas? I'd really like to figure out how to turn this damned thing off without rebooting.
I'm running Windows XP Home service pack 2, and it's an HP computer. I tell you that because HP crams so much useless and confusing crap onto their machines that I will never, ever buy another HP computer. This may be some kind of HP bonus annoyance. (I used the "free" Norton security software on the computer when I first bought it, and when the three month trial expired I clicked "Yes" to buy the software, followed the instructions, and ended up with two installations of the same software on the computer fighting each other over which would be in control. For a week I felt like 2001: A Space Odyssey -- The Sequel. The software did battle with itself until I tried to un-install one or the other versions, at which point the software versions allied against me to prevent the removal of any software at all. I had to wipe the hard drive clean and start over.)
My wife tells me this has never happened to her, so maybe I'm dragging my hands across the keyboard funny, even when I'm drinking Mountain Dew.