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Mouse Hover Time - Change

How to Change Mouse Hover Time before Pop-up Displays in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
12 Jan 2009
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How to Change Mouse Hover Time before Pop-up Displays in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to change the delay time, in milliseconds, that the mouse pointer has to stay hovered on a item before tooltip popups display in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Special thanks to Aaron (Airbot) for pointing this out here.

warning   Warning
  • This may also override your MenuShowDelay setting.
  • If you have the Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu option checked in Visual Effects, then you may not see much or any difference. You should uncheck this option first before doing the tutorial below for the maximum effect.
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OPTION ONE
Change Mouse Hover Time using a REG File Download
1. To Have a Fast Mouse Hover Time
NOTE: This changes the mouse hover delay time to 30 milliseconds.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
30ms_Mouse_Hover_Time.zip

download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Restore the Default Mouse Hover Time
NOTE: This changes the mouse hover delay time back to 400 milliseconds.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Default_Mouse_Hover_Time.zip
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the Desktop.

4. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract the .reg file to the Desktop.

5. Right click the extracted .reg file and click on Merge.

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

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

8. When done, you can delete the .zip and .reg files if you like.



OPTION TWO
Change Mouse Hover Time Manually Through Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

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

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
4. In the right pane, right click MouseHoverTime and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
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5. Type in a number between 0 to 4000 (400 is default, I use 30) for how many milliseconds, and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no delay before the tooltip opens.
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6. Close regedit.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
NOTE: As a test, hover the mouse pointer over a tooltip or Start Menu All Programs and see how much faster it opens.
That's it,
Shawn



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12 Jan 2009   #1
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn!

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12 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mr GRiM.
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13 Jan 2009   #3
hethoofd

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

You made me wonder: what happens if I set it to 0?
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13 Jan 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, hello Hethoofd.

You will get smoke.

If you use 0, then you will have no delay time for when the thumbnail pop-ups. However, it may be so fast that navigating through them may prove difficult to do with them flashing so quickly.
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10 Dec 2009   #5
biatche

 
 

So I can make the thumbnail popup faster by doing this, now, the annoying part is, how do I make it fadeaway faster when I move my mouse away.
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10 Dec 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Biatche, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For taskbar thumbnails, you would want to use this tutorial instead.

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Change Delay Time

Unchecking the Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu Visual Effects option should help the taskbar thumbnails close faster.

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Hope this helps,
Shawn


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10 Dec 2009   #7
biatche

 
 

Thanks for introducing that setting to me, will talk more about it in the correct topic. So what does this setting ACTUALLY do? I've set it to 30ms, and when i move my mouse over desktop icons, taskbar items, system tray icons, the tooltip seem to appear 1000-2000ms to appear. OK, actually after just testing it, it's not at all about the tooltip, but what it seems to affect is the start menu "All Programs" hover. Please enlighten if it affects anything else

Update: MouseHoverTime includes ExtendedUIHoverTime. Only if there's ExtendedUIHoverTime in the registry it overrides mousehovertime for thumbnail preview delay.
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10 Dec 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's the main one that it affects, but it should affect the other hover items as well. It also depends on what you have set in Visual Effects as well.
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13 Mar 2010   #9
wguru

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Great tutorials and love affording user comments. One thing I notice about tooltip notices, popups, whatever one should call them (for desktop icons, systems tray icons, and of course, start menu items, is that by default (even though I've unticked/deselected "Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu" and have yet to tweak the hover timing), I've noticed a difference in hover time for my desktop icons, etc., (about a full second) and the sys tray icons (which instantly display the tooltip 'pop-ups'). Maybe users might appreciate knowing why there are differences in hovered icon timings (between sys tray icons and all other hovered Windows items) eg; I suspect sys tray icons can't have their timing changed.
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