Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Helpful Pop-up Screen Tips.

Helpful Pop-up Screen Tips

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 19, 2015)

4

Suppose you wish to create pop-up screen tips similar to the ones you see in Help files, where the cursor turns to a hand and, when the user clicks the link, a pop-up screen tip appears (as opposed to a link to another page). Ordinarily, just inserting a hyperlink would work. However, the cursor would then move to the target of the hyperlink. The instructions below make for a much cleaner user experience.

Let's say you wish to create a pop-up screen tip for the word "hyperlink" in the following sentence:

A hyperlink is useful when navigating in Word.

Follow these steps:

  1. Select the word "hyperlink".
  2. In the Insert tab of the ribbon, click the Bookmark tool in the Links group. Word displays the Bookmark dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Bookmark dialog box.

  4. Give the bookmark a name, such as BK1, and click on Add.
  5. While the word "hyperlink" is still selected, press Ctrl+K. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box appears. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  7. Click the ScreenTip button. Word displays the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box. (See Figure 3.)
  8. Figure 3. The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.

  9. Type the text you want to use for your screen tip and click on OK.
  10. Click the Place in This Document button, at the left side of the screen. Word displays a list of locations in the middle of the dialog box.
  11. In the list of locations, choose the name of the bookmark you created in step 3, then click OK.

When you're finished, you will have a hyperlink that essentially goes nowhere. When you hold the mouse over it, a yellow screen tip will pop up with your message. If the user activates the link (by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the link) it will change color, flash, and the cursor will go to the beginning of the bookmark.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10306) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Helpful Pop-up Screen Tips.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Setting Up Custom AutoFiltering

The filtering capabilities of Excel are very helpful when you are working with large sets of data. You can create a ...

Discover More

Detailed Measurements

Want to know exactly how far something on the ruler is from the left and right margins of your document? It's easy to ...

Discover More

Automatically Update Document Styles Setting

Templates and styles are a great way to apply formatting consistently within and across documents. A couple of the ...

Discover More

Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Factory Default Settings for Word

Do you long for a way to reset Word to a 'factory default' condition? It is almost impossible to get things to the way ...

Discover More

Page Layout Zoom Settings

The zoom setting at which you view a document can sometimes be saved with a document. This tip explains how the zoom ...

Discover More

Jumping to the End of Page after Enter

Imagine you start typing in a new document, and when you press the Enter key the cursor jumps a huge distance to the ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three less than 3?

2016-09-07 08:54:43

Thomas Redd

This works well. Thanks!


2016-09-06 16:42:33

Linda Racine

This works well! Is there any way to increase the number of characters allowed in the "Screen Tips" box? I'd like to be able to add a paragraph of text and need more space!


2016-08-19 03:09:14

Squiddles

Is it possible to insert more than 256 characters in the screen tips?


2016-01-13 12:48:17

Chris Hyslop

Can you remove the part of the screen tips that says 'Click to follow the link' ?


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.