Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Turning Off ScreenTips.

Turning Off ScreenTips

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 28, 2016)

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ScreenTips are the small yellow boxes that appear as you position the mouse pointer over a ribbon tool 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:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click on Popular (Word 2007) or General (later versions of Word). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Using the ScreenTip Style drop-down list, choose Don't Show ScreenTips.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12865) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Turning Off ScreenTips.

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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2015-04-15 15:55:42

Catwalker

This tip did not remove the boxes that pop up when I'm using 'track changes.' (The other occasions where these pop-ups occur are helpful (e.g, the URL for links embedded in text), but in Track Changes, the box pops up obscuring the text I'm trying to read, saying exactly what the text I'm reading says. Who programs these 'features' anyway?
Is there another way to turn these off?
I can send a screenshot if it's not clear what I'm talking about.


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