Sometimes, when I hit a combination of keys (I have not figured out which one) a weird bar in the bottom-left of a screen appears. I cannot get rid of it in any way. The screencast: https://youtu.be/CdXVgth_sTk

The only way I have figured out of removing it is via: killall Dock.

What is the bar in question? How do you trigger it, how do you get rid of it, how to use it?

  • Does that appear when you aren’t using sublime text? – dwightk Mar 5 '18 at 21:34
  • That was my guess @dwightk - quit sublime text or try a different text editor to be sure it’s not just a feature in that app. Maybe someone that knows ST can just answer if they know the setting to control / invoke that text input field / display. – bmike Mar 5 '18 at 22:22
  • It is not Sublime Text. When I quit literarily every app it still appears. Killing the 'Dock' process helps. It is weird in a sense that if, say in Chrome I type "map" and press enter quickly it will open built-in maps (same as presented in a video). My wild guess is some compact spotlight, but I have no clue how to use it nor how to exit out of it. – DCzajkowski Mar 6 '18 at 19:45
  • I have tried esc key, cmd+tab, cmd+q, cmd+w, looking for a weird process. Nothing. Is it some undocumented, wild, built-in Dock feature? – DCzajkowski Mar 6 '18 at 19:50
  • I can confirm that killing the Dock does not kill Spotlight. – SilverWolf - Reinstate Monica Mar 6 '18 at 21:50

Use QuickTime to record your screen with the MacOS onscreen keyboard visible and you'll be able to figure out what key combo causes this to appear. Then you can track it down to a particular package.

  • It happens like once a month. I won't have QT running in the background all the time >< – DCzajkowski Mar 6 '18 at 19:43
  • @DCzajkowski your first priority is to be able to reproduce it on demand – Matt Sephton Jan 18 '19 at 20:37
  • I have found the issue of randomly opening apps, but I still don't know what is triggering that. Here's a link: youtube.com/watch?v=hjg9RI_tOzo – DCzajkowski Jan 20 '19 at 1:08
  • Does it happen in a guest account? – Matt Sephton Jan 20 '19 at 2:25
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    I get that, but if it appears every one month or so, and is triggered by mistake by pressing some random, weird keyboard shortcut, don't expect me to use the guest account for one month or so 😛 – DCzajkowski Jan 21 '19 at 21:42

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