Tooltips are small popups that display information about an item or element you are hovering over. You may have noticed that they barely reveal information of relevance (if you hover over the start button in Windows 7 the tooltip reads Start) but may be an annoyance at times as they may overshadow underlying items.
It is unfortunately not possible to disable tooltips in one central location and be done with them. While it is possible to disable tooltips in Windows Explorer on Windows, it seems impossible to disable all tooltips on the system.
If you add third-party programs to the mix which all use their own implementations and controls, you can be fairly certain that you won't be able to disable all tooltips any time soon in Windows.
The screenshot above shows a typical tooltip in Windows Explorer. While some users may find the information useful (you can customize what is displayed by the way), you will notice that the popup window hides three file names while it is displayed.
It is thankfully easy to disable tooltips in Windows Explorer and File Explorer (introduced in Windows 8).
To get them back, simply enable the preference again using the method described above.
If you prefer to use the Registry, that is possible as well.
Now, if someone finds a way to disable the other tooltips in Windows, that would be great.
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