So I was playing with keyboard shortcuts and applications and assigned one to Character Palette in Finder (under the Edit menu). Well now I can't get rid of the palette (which wouldn't bother me too much) except that the stinking thing is set to stay above *all* windows. I loaded up System Preferences to remove the shortcut, thinking that might be a problem and found that the shortcuts were no longer listed (but they still appeared on the menu). So I trashed the Finder preferences (com.apple.finder.plist) but that didn't help either. Every time I sleep the machine and bring it awake, the Character Palette shows up. Every time I log out, it shows up. Every time I log in, it shows up. I checked a second user account and it doesn't happen. Apparently Apple doesn't want you to close the thing once you've decided to open it :) Anybody have any ideas on what might be going on? I would much prefer to repair this account than have to start from scratch with a new account.