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How can we turn off the rollover popups in Windows?

Posted on 2009-04-02
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On every Microsoft product (windows, office, visual studio, etc) there are these annoying popups that display information about the item you are hovering over.  A long time ago I found a setting in Windows that would turn that off, at least in explorer, but I can't find it anymore.  Does anyone know where it is? (currently on XP)
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Looks like there's a good number of places tooltips come up.  The regular way to do it is to go to Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View Tab, uncheck the second option from the bottom, "Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items".

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.forms.tooltip(vs.71).aspx
http://www.flexbeta.net/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t4078.html


To disable balloon tips in the notification area (Right side of the task bar):
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer \Advanced]
EnableBalloonTips = 0

More Info MS KB Q279771
More Info MS KB Q307729

To disable "Show popup description for folder and desktop items" (Folder Options):
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer \Advanced]
ShowInfoTip = 0

To disable tooltip for folders:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer \Advanced]
FolderContentsInfoTip = 0

To disable tooltips for the start button:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer \Advanced]
StartButtonBalloonTip = 0

To disable tooltips for the start menu:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Policies \Explorer]
NoSMBalloonTip = 1
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Awesome info, and links.  Thanks for the assist.
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