Monday, July 7, 2008

Windows Vista : Removing Tool Tips

When you hover your mouse pointer over something such as a button on the taskbar and text materializes, often explaining what you’re about to click. But is there a way to turn that off? Turns out that there is. It’s a registry edit, but as long as you follow these instructions carefully, you should be OK. We’ve edited the registry plenty of times together with no ill effects, right?

Follow these instructions to remove Vista’s tool tips:

1. From the Start menu, type regedit and then launch the corresponding application from the Program list.

2. From the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

3. Now, set the DWORD value called ShowInfoTip to 0 (i.e., off). Exit the Registry Editor. You must now reboot Vista for the changes to take effect.

To reenable the tool tips, set the ShowInfoTip DWORD value back to 1.

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