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: Adding a ScreenTip.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 26, 2014)
ScreenTips are a helpful little embellishment that first appeared in Web browsers. You've probably hovered your mouse pointer over a link on a Web page so that you can see a small box appear that contains the address for the link. These ScreenTips can also appear in Word, where they are sometimes called ToolTips. You can add a ScreenTip as you add a hyperlink by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
Figure 2. The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.
With your ScreenTip defined, all you need to do hover the mouse pointer over the hyperlink. Shortly Word displays a small box that contains whatever text you specified in step 3.
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