Windows Explorer ToolTips

I don’t know how it happened, but I somehow lost ToolTip functionality in Windows the other day. I’d hover over an icon and NOTHING would show up. Needless to say, I was more than a little perturbed. I did a quick look around the ‘Net and discovered The Elder Geek had an answer that might work. It involves a bit of Registry diving, which is no problem from a seasoned power user like myself. To Enable or Disable Tool Tip Displays, fire up your Registry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced. Look for “ShowInfoTip” and make sure its value is set to 1. That’s it. Shouldn’t even need a reboot in XP to see ‘er work again.

2 thoughts on “Windows Explorer ToolTips”

  1. Hi Chris,

    I was looking at Tweak UI from power toys and under the “Taskbar and Start Menu” tab, there seems to be an option to toggle tool tips. This might save you the hassle of registry diving. 🙂

    -Paul

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