How do I get rid of this:

Choose how to enter input

I can't find the appropriate entry in Option Inspector or in WolframPredictiveInterface.

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    $\begingroup$ On the brighter side, at least Wolfram did not choose to harass us with a paperclip… $\endgroup$ May 10, 2015 at 1:21

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This is called the "Cell insertion menu". Its appearance is defined in MiscExpressions.tr via the front end resource "CellInsertionMenu".

Notebooks (depending on the stylesheet, of course) have it defined as a "cell insertion point cell" by default:

AbsoluteOptions[SelectedNotebook[], "CellInsertionPointCell"]
(* -> {CellInsertionPointCell -> 
       FEPrivate`FrontEndResource["FEExpressions", "CellInsertionMenu"]} *)

We can disable it as follows:

SetOptions[SelectedNotebook[], "CellInsertionPointCell" -> Cell[]] (* gone *)

To kill this pop-up at the Stylesheet level one may use Edit Stylesheet and insert:

Cell[StyleData[All, "Working"],
 CellInsertionPointCell -> None
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    $\begingroup$ Ha, would've never expected you to answer a front-end question! :) $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Nov 29, 2014 at 23:19

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