by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 31, 2012)
ScreenTips are the small yellow boxes that appear as you position the mouse pointer over a toolbar button or over another control on the Word program window. Some people find these ScreenTips distracting, so Microsoft provided a way for you to control whether they are displayed or not. To turn off ScreenTips, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Popular options of the Word Options dialog box.
Despite what the option in the dialog box implies, this setting turns off ScreenTips for controls other than toolbars, as well. For instance, ScreenTips normally appear as you position the mouse pointer over the different areas of the Status Bar. With the ScreenTip style set to not show ScreenTips, they don't appear for Status Bar options, either.
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