In one of our previous articles, we covered how you can enable balloon notifications in Windows 10 and disable toasts for apps which already used balloons. That method involved using Group Policy which is not included in home editions of Windows 10. In this article, we will see how it can be done in editions of Windows 10 without the Group Policy editor. We will do it with a simple Registry tweak.
Windows 10 comes with a new feature - it shows all app and system notifications as toasts. Gone are the balloon notifications which were there since Windows 2000. You will not see a single balloon tooltip notification from the programs you use! Instead, you will see a toast notification in Windows 8 style.
The problem with toast notifications is that they don't fade out gradually like balloons did, so if you were still reading the notification, it can disappear suddenly once the timeout is reached. For balloon notifications, you could hover over them with the mouse when they started fading away to prevent them from disappearing until you had read them. The gradual fading out gave visual feedback to the user that the notification was disappearing so he could take the mouse pointer over it to continue reading it.
Another issue is that some toast notifications which were originally balloon notifications do not appear at all for me in Windows 10.
If you liked balloon notifications for this reason and are not happy with toasts, you can restore balloon notifications back in Windows 10 with a simple Registry tweak.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
If you have no such Registry key, then just create it.
- Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named EnableLegacyBalloonNotifications. Note: If you are running 64-bit Windows 10, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value. Set its value data to 1.
- Restart your PC.
The same can be done using Winaero Tweaker. Go to Appearance -> Balloon Tooltips:
Use this option to avoid Registry editing.
That's it. After rebooting, balloon tooltips will work for you again. To test them, try inserting a USB flash drive and safely remove it to see the good old balloon tip! There is a bug in Windows 10 that causes balloon tips to show at the top of the screen sometimes even though the taskbar is at the bottom! Nothing can be done about this bug. Microsoft has to fix it themselves.