Windows XP autohelp

  [DELETED] 20:33 16 Nov 2003

how do I get rid of the annoying text boxes whenever the cursor is close to an icon ? I believe it is called autohelp but I don't know how to disactive it.

  [DELETED] 20:39 16 Nov 2003

They are called ToolTips but I don't know how to turn them off or whether it is possible.

  [DELETED] 20:45 16 Nov 2003

It is possible click here Number 13.

Personally, I like them but each to their own.

  hugh-265156 20:47 16 Nov 2003

create a system restore point

click start/run

type "regedit" click ok

click "my computer" top left then "file" then "export"

this will back up the registry,save it somewher like the desktop for safe keeping.

next navigate to


in the right pane right click and select "new" "DWORD value"

call it "EnableBalloonTips" and give it a value of "0"

if you already have the entry just click it and set the value of "1" to "0" to disable it

  hugh-265156 20:48 16 Nov 2003

ps restart the computer afterwards.

  hugh-265156 20:51 16 Nov 2003

VoG link gives both balloontip and tooltip removal instructions.

two different things

  [DELETED] 20:51 16 Nov 2003

Yep, not clear whether we are talking ToolTips or BaloonTips (No 10 on my link covers the latter).

  powerless 20:52 16 Nov 2003

I like the one that says "Click here to Begin".

  [DELETED] 01:45 19 Nov 2003

go to click here you you can download a visual basic script file that will disable these balloon tips

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