Controlling How Word Displays ScreenTips

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 3, 2012)

ScreenTips normally appear when you position the mouse over a tool on one of Word's many ribbon tabs. They give a short hint about what the button does. For instance, when you position the mouse over the Bold tool (on the Home tab of the ribbon), the ScreenTip can say either "Bold" or "Bold (Ctrl+B)."

Word can be configured to either display shortcut keys within the ScreenTip or not. The program, by default, displays the shortcut keys in your ScreenTips. You can, however, turn the feature off or on as you desire. Here's how you control it:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. Click the Advanced option at the left of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the options until you see the Display section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Advanced options of the Word Options dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Show Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips option is selected.
  6. Click on Close.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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