axis on objects

I know this is probably here somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. When I first installed Blender, there was this large axis thing that goes to whatever object I had selected. Somehow I turned it off, which I prefer. It tends to block my view of the object I am working on. For some reason, it is back, and I can’t figure how to turn it off again.

http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=186472

here is the picture i made which is the post i made and then again

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