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ACL Tip_ “Unfreezing ACL” _ ITauditSecurity

ACL Tip_ “Unfreezing ACL” _ ITauditSecurity

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IT Audit Security: Un-freezing ACL when it hangs;
Audit Analytics Software; CAATs
IT Audit Security: Un-freezing ACL when it hangs;
Audit Analytics Software; CAATs

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11/20/13 ACL tip: Unfreezing ACL| ITauditSecurityitauditsecurity.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/acl-tip-unfreeze/ 1/4
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BY SKYYLERACL | NOVEMBER 15, 2010 · 6:00 AM
 ACL tip: “Unfreezing ACL”
Occasionally when using  ACL, the application appears to freeze when I open a dialog box. So I restart ACL and it works fine until I repeat the action that froze” it in the first place. For me, it always happens when I open theEdit Layout dialog box to create a computed field. Never any other window.
Or in ACL terms, also known as “What happened to the Edit Layout screen?” 
 Note to non-ACL users
: This problem isn’t particular to ACL, so you might want to read the “Finding theCause” topic below before you blow off this post entirely.
I’ve noticed that this only occurs after I last used ACL on a 2-monitor system. The setup I normally use is my laptop screen plus an additional monitor. But when I’m at home or on the road and only have my laptop, fireup ACL, and go to Edit, Layout, the problem occurs: apparent ACL freeze with every other application working. You’ll know you’re having this problem when you notice the following: You can’t do anything in ACL.The main ACL screen is greyed out (in other words, it’s not active because another screen/dialog box isactive–more on that later).Checking Task Manager indicates that ACL is “Running” instead of “Not Responding”. You have an urgent ACL project in process that’s past deadline already. We first look at the fix, then the cause…
Fixing the Freeze
1. Click the icon in your taskbar (bottom of window) to active the “frozen” application (in this case, ACL).2. From your keyboard, hold ALT and press the SPACE BAR.3. Then press M once.4. Using your cursor keys, press the LEFT and UP arrow keys a dozen or so times (alternate between LEFTand UP). At this point, a portion of the Table Layout window should show up on your screen. If it does not,keep pressing LEFT and UP arrow keys a dozen more times.5. Once the Table Layout dialog box appears on screen, press ENTER. You should now be able to use yourmouse to drag the Table Layout dialog box back in full view so you can see it.6. Close the Table Layout dialog box and save your project. Then open Edit, Layout again to ensure the TableLayout dialog box stays visible.
 
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If this doesn’t work, in step #2, instead of M, press the X key. You can also try RIGHT and DOWN arrokeys in step #3.
Finding the Cause
 When I’m using my 2-monitor system, I keep my laptop screen as the primary monitor, start ACL, and thendrag it to my secondary monitor, which is larger than my laptop screen. So when I click Edit, Layout, theTable Layout dialog box pops open on my primary monitor.I don’t like to split an application between 2 monitors, so I drag the open dialog box from my primary monitorto my secondary screen. Because my secondary screen is NOT my desktop (again, I could configure that way, but I don’t for reasons that aren’t relevant here), I just created my freeze problem. The next time I use ACLon my laptop without the secondary monitor, the dialog box pops onto my non-existent secondary monitor andI can’t see it. Because the dialog box is open, ACL appears frozen, because you can’t do anything else before youclose the dialog box.This occasionally happens with applications besides ACL, so the fix above will work for those application also.The reason I positioned this issue as an “ACL freeze” is because I originally thought that this was an ACL-specific problem and figured all those frustrated ACL auditors and users would google “ACL Edit Layout Freeze”like I did.I realize that most people aren’t going to use my “strange” 2-monitor setup and have these issues, but for those5 or 7 others out there in the blogsphere who have a twisted intellect like mine, I found a fix. For all the rest o you, hopefully you found this interesting anyway or you got a good giggle at my expense. As always, if you’ve experienced this issue with ACL or another application and this fix helped you, let usknow. Or take a swipe at me if you want.Leave a Comment——————
 See also in this blog:
Teach Yourself ACL (Skyyler’s most popular post) ACL tip: Rerun a Join Easily Other posts that Skyyler wrote or was mentioned in All ACL-related posts
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 April 26, 2011 at 8:39 amI thank you, my staff thanks you, and my clients, whose work is a week past due thanks to this infuriatingissue, thank you! 0 0 Rate ThisReply 
 
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