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.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 29, 2018)
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:
Figure 1. The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.
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.
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