How to disable tooltips in Windows Explorer

Tooltips in Windows are the popups that display the information of an item or an element which you are hovering for. If you have noticed them they reveal the information of relevance but some users will find it as an annoyance as they will overshadow the underlying items. Unfortunately, it is impossible to disable the tooltips in one central location and be done with them. While it is possible to disable the tooltips in the Windows Explorer on Windows Operating System then it looks impossible to disable all the tooltips on the system.

If you add any other third party applications, which use their own implementations and controls, then you won’t be able to disable all the tooltips in Windows. It has been introduced in Windows 8 to disable the tooltips in Windows Explorer and File Explorer easily.

How to disable tooltips in Windows Explorer

  1. Open Windows Explorer Windows on your PC.
  2. If you are running Windows 7 or earlier version on your PC, then press Alt key and select Tools > Folder options.
  3. If your PC is running on Windows 8 or higher version then select File > Change Folder and Search options.
  4. Switch to view tab in the folder options window.
  5. Scroll down through the options until you find Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items options and uncheck it.
  6. Click on OK and that’s it you will not find any tooltips in Windows/File Explorer.

If you like to get them back, simple enable the preference again in the above method.

Here is another method to disable the tooltips using the registry.

  • Launch Run Window on your Windows PC by pressing Win+R keys together.
  • Type regedit and hit Enter.
  • This will open UAC prompt and confirm it.
  • Now navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced.
  • Locate ShowInfotip and double click on preference an change its value to 0.
  • Now restart your PC and the changes will take place effectively.

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