Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Pop-up Windows in Word.

Pop-up Windows in Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 29, 2018)

1

Word does not provide any intrinsic "pop-up" feature that results in a small window containing information when you click on a word or a link. The closest that can be found in Word is the ScreenTip feature, which displays a small ToolTip-like "hint" when you hover the mouse pointer over a hyperlink. ScreenTips can be created as follows:

  1. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Hyperlink tool within the Links group. Word displays the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
  3. Click on the ScreenTip button. Word displays the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.

  5. In the ScreenTip Text box, enter the text you want to use for your ScreenTip.
  6. Click your mouse on OK to close the dialog box.
  7. Set any other hyperlink values, as desired.
  8. When completed, click on OK.

Other than the ScreenTips, there is nothing else close to a "pop-up" feature in Word. One could be easily created, however, if you create a macro that displays information using the MsgBox function, and then you associate that macro with a MACROBUTTON field. When the user clicks on the button created by the field, the message in the macro is displayed in a dialog box.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11255) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Pop-up Windows in Word.

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

Changing Defaults for Text Boxes and Callouts

Do you find yourself frequently creating text boxes and callouts? This tip describes how to change the default settings ...

Discover More

Should I Leave My Computer On All the Time?

Do you turn your computer on and off all the time? Do you really know if this is good for your computer or not?

Discover More

How Many Items Can be Added to the Quick Access Toolbar?

Want to add lots of tools to your Quick Access Toolbar? Word allows you to do so, seemingly without limit. This tip ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Closing Documents after a Hyperlink

When you click a hyperlink that takes you to another document, Word dutifully opens the new document in its own window. ...

Discover More

Changing from Absolute to Relative Hyperlinks

It is easy to amass a large number of hyperlinks in a document. You may want to process these hyperlinks in some way, ...

Discover More

Creating a Hyperlink to a Specific Page

Most people add hyperlinks in a document to reference pages on the Web. You can, however, create hyperlinks to other Word ...

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 9 - 8?

2015-02-16 13:10:18

SM

These instructions do not work on Word 2010. Do you have to highlight the words you want the pop-up associated with first? It would be nice to know how it is supposed to look once you follow the instructions. The instructions are not complete. What other hyperlink values could you be referring to? I didn't add any because I don't know what I don't know. Could that be why it didn't work?


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.