When you point towards a shortcut, a folder, or a file, you get a tooltip (also known as an infotip). While in general case I find them useful, there are a number of reason to disable them. For example, you need to capture a clean screenshot or watch a file list without a distraction. Here is how you can disable tooltips in Windows 10.
Tooltips are not an exclusive or new feature of Windows 10. Since my first days at computer, Windows always had them. In Windows, almost all elements have tooltips. The Start menu button, files and folders in File Explorer, Ribbon commands have a brief description which reveals details on what is the object you are pointing on.
Here is an example of a tooltip in Windows 10:
Tip: If you want, you can customize the tooltip as described in the article: Add More Details to Shortcut ToolTip in Windows 10.
To disable tooltips in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open This PC in File Explorer.
- In the Ribbon user interface of Explorer, click File -> Change folder and search options.If you have disabled the Ribbon, press F10 -> click Tools menu - Folder Options.
- In the "File Explorer options" dialog window, switch to the View tab. Untick the item called Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
- Click Apply and OK buttons.
Tooltips will be disabled instantly in File Explorer.
Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak as described below.
Disable Tooltips in Windows 10 with a Registry tweak
Here is how it can be done.
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value "ShowInfoTip". Set its value data to 0.Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.