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Turn off border popup on OLPC laptop

Filed Under Gadgets & Hardware on 2008-03-24, 23:00

One of the minor, yet incredibly annoying features about Sugar, the operating system on the XO laptop, is that there is this thick border that pops up to allow you to navigate. It seems to be really sensitive and loves to pop up when I try to go access the menus in a program that’s running. I put up with it for a long time, but finally stumbled across the information to turn off that automatic popup based on mouse location.

Open up Terminal and enter these commands:

su
cd /usr/share/sugar/shell/view/frame
nano -w eventarea.py

Now, find line 56 and 57 and comment them out. i.e. change

invisible.connect(‘enter-notify-event’, self._enter_notify_cb)
invisible.connect(‘leave-notify-event’, self._leave_notify_cb)

to

#invisible.connect(‘enter-notify-event’, self._enter_notify_cb)
#invisible.connect(‘leave-notify-event’, self._leave_notify_cb)

Either reboot your laptop, or exit out of everything and hit Ctrl+Alt+Erase to restart the GUI. Now you can just use the box key in the top right corner of the keyboard to access the border navigation!

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