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Pop-up Descriptions - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Pop-up Descriptions in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
02 Jun 2009
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How to Enable or Disable Pop-up Descriptions in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable pop-up descriptions that display file information when you hover the mouse pointer over files, folders, or drives, on the desktop and in Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
This does not affect pop-up descriptions for items on the taskbar like the Start Menu button and notification area icons, or the pop up when you are scrolling using the vertical scroll bar in Windows Explorer.


EXAMPLE: Pop-up Descriptions
Pop-up Descriptions - Enable or Disable-example.jpg

Pop-up Descriptions - Enable or Disable-example2.jpg




OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Pop-up Descriptions in Folder Options
1. Open Folder Options in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

2. Click/tap on the View tab. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Folder_Options.jpg
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3. To Disable Pop-up Descriptions
A) Unheck Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items, then click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
4. To Enable Pop-up Descriptions
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Check the Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items, then click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 2)



OPTION TWO
To Enable or Disable Pop-up Descriptions using a REG File
1. To Disable Pop-up Descriptions
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Pop-Up_Descriptions.zip

download


2. To Enable Pop-up Descriptions
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Pop-Up_Descriptions.zip

download

3. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the .reg file to merge it.

6. Click/tap on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg and .zip files on the desktop if you like.



OPTION THREE
To Enable or Disable Pop-up Descriptions in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Pop-up Descriptions - Enable or Disable-registry.jpg
4. In the right pane, double click/tap on ShowInfoTip to modify it. (See screenshot above)

5. To Enable Pop-up Descriptions
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Type 1, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Modify.jpg
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6. To Disable Pop-up Descriptions
A) Type 0 (number zero), click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshot above)
7. Close regedit.

That's it,
Shawn


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18 Dec 2009   #1
tom lumsden

windows 7
 
 
Disable pop-ups when mouse hovers over hyperlinks/icons

Have changed the registry, changed the file view options, all to no avail. Why does windows 7 not recognize the changes made and work properly?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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18 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tom,

Could you post a screenshot of this so that we can see exactly what you are seeing and at what location this is at?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #3
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Hi Brink, again need your skill!

I do want to get rid of the pop ups only in the taskbar and the start menu. When i disable by uncheck "show pop-up description for folder and desktop items in the "folder option", it naturally disable it inside the explorer menu, but i do need pop-up inside explorer to browse the weight/dates of the files.

Is there a trick in to set this correctly? Kind of dword "ShowInfoTipInExplorer" only?

I might try that if it works...

Thanks, Ar.

edit:
Well, disable it doesn't turn off onto the taskbar...but inside explorer even when checked "display info pop up size inside folder"

and adding in the registry doesn't seems working aswell!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello NoN,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by -NOTE BOX- at TOP OF TUTORIAL
This does not affect pop-up descriptions for items on the taskbar like the Start Menu button and notification area icons, or the pop up when you are scrolling using the vertical scroll bar in Windows Explorer.
Sorry, but this tutorial will not work for that.

I have not found a way to do this yet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2010   #5
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello NoN,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by -NOTE BOX- at TOP OF TUTORIAL
This does not affect pop-up descriptions for items on the taskbar like the Start Menu button and notification area icons, or the pop up when you are scrolling using the vertical scroll bar in Windows Explorer.
Sorry, but this tutorial will not work for that.

I have not found a way to do this yet.
I saw that...

The two exemple pictures under the "note box" that's what it wanted to have....in explorer.

For the taskar bar, well it not so annoying as on my screen the pop up are not so big...

It was only in the start menu on the right side, where pop up windows are oversized....

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2012   #6
Andy123

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

I used Option 1 but its only partly working. It works alright for files showing 3 to 4 lines of info,
when I hover the mouse over a file. But with Folders it only shows Date Created:

Please let me know what can I do to get the info as shown in your pic..



I also need Folder is empty.. tip on empty folders. It shows Date Created
even on empty folders.

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Andy,

Using step 4 in OPTION ONE should allow you to have the folder details pop-up when you hover the pointer over a folder like that. It may vary from folder to folder for what you will see in it's details pop-up. Does this happen on some folders, or all folders? Even the same on in the screenshot?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2012   #8
Andy123

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink

Thanks for replying. This is happening to all the folder irrespective of its content.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2012   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Could you post a screenshot of this on your computer to see if anything may stand out as a reason why?

In the mean time, you might see if running a sfc /scannow command may help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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