I just installed 10.4.8, after asking all of my friends within shouting or typing distance whether “it was safe,” or not. No objections, so I pulled the trigger and rebooted. When I logged in again I was confused to find a black rectangle surrounding my cursor. It looked familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it:
This damned thing follows me everywhere. And if I wasn’t a damned smart fella, I’d probably be stuck with it or on the phone with Apple, trying to figure it out. But I recognized it from somewhere, and was pretty sure it had something to do with accessibility. What was that I read on Daring Fireball about the new zoom feature? Oh yeah, that’s cool, the scroll wheel can zoom in on the screen if you hold down the control key. Nifty, but I guess it means that zoom is technically “on” even if zoom isn’t technically “on”:
Umm. Oops. All of our preferences are not in agreement. But at least my handy dandy “zoom preview” rectangle is permanently attached to the cursor! I might zoom … at any moment, and I certainly want to know what it is I’m going to zoom!
Apparently if you ever turned zoom on, and decided to enable that preview rectangle feature, it will now be visible all the time. I can’t help but wonder if this “scroll wheel zoom” feature somehow snuck into 10.4.8 accidentally. This is just dumb.
So … if you googled your way here after installing 10.4.8, and want to lose the damn rectangle. Let me review:
- Open System Preferences
- Go to Universal Access pane.
- Switch to the “Seeing” tab.
- Click the “Options” button for the Zoom section.
- Turn off the “Show preview rectangle” checkbox.
Here’s hoping the rest of the release got more testing than this.