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Windows 7: Taskbar, Quick Launch...remove text title pop-ups

06 May 2010   #1
Edsaid

 
Taskbar, Quick Launch...remove text title pop-ups

I find it very annoying with labels appearing over the icons when I already know what the icon is for. This is even more annoying when the label covers almost the entire length of the taskbar.

Does anyone know how to get rid of these labels altogether? I suspect it may mean a visit o the registry.


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06 May 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi there,

Could you please take a screenshot? I'm not sure what you're referring to exactly.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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06 May 2010   #3
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello Ed,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

For the Taskbar, rt. click and choose properties. For Taskbar buttons select 'always combine hide labels'. For a toolbar on the taskbar, unlock taskbar, rt. click on toolbar, and deselect 'show text', and lock taskbar back.

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

Hope this is what your looking for.

Gary
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07 May 2010   #4
Edsaid

 
Taskbar, Quicklaunch

Hi, everybody. Thanks for the welcome and the info.

All presently set at "Always combine, hide labels". I tried the others but it didn't help.


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07 May 2010   #5
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Ah, you're talking about the alt-text for toolbar items. Try right-clicking the troublesome item and selecting Rename, then give it something short & sweet. Let me know if that helps.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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07 May 2010   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi Walker,

no, your suggestion does not work. I was wondering about this question myself.

For example, I have a shortcut to Nero Burning Rom on my Quick Launch toolbar. If I hover the mouse over it, I get a huge pop-up which has two lines.

The first one says "Nero Burning ROM".

The second says
"Nero Burning ROM is the professional solution for burning your audio, data, and video disks, backing up entire disks, and much more. Features many advanced settings and options and supports a wide range of formats".

This second line is very annoying as it covers pretty much all of the taskbar, while being totally useless. Your suggestion to rename the shortcut only changes the content of the first line, i.e. I can change "Nero Burning ROM" to just "Nero". The second line though stays the same.

Any suggestions?
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07 May 2010   #7
Edsaid

 

Hi, everybody.

Shortcuts to files, folders and browser links etc can be altered okay, but I'm afraid the apps can't can't be altered with a right click.

Like I said earlier. I think it has to be a registry job; if anyone has the nerve and knowhow to try it out, I for one would be eternally grateful! It drives me nuts evey time I see it.

Ed
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07 May 2010   #8
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

This might work > Go to folder options and under the view tab, un-check "Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items"
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07 May 2010   #9
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Nice find, alphanumeric.. but that's not doing it on my machine. It works for anything on the desktop and in Explorer, but not for toolbar items.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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08 May 2010   #10
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Actually, it looks like these pop-ups depend on the program. For example, the majority of my Quick Launch items only show 1-line pop up description: Firefox, UltraIso, etc. But some, such as Skype, Internet Explorer, or Nero show 2-line pop ups. The first line is just the software title. This I would consider useful, what if you forget the meaning of some icon? But the second line appears to be a description of what the software does. This I definitely do not need, especially in the case of Nero, where this line covers the whole screen length. Anybody knows how to turn off this particular feature leaving the title as it is?
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