Show or hide ScreenTips

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ScreenTips are small windows that display descriptive text when you rest the pointer on a command or control.

ScreenTip

Enhanced ScreenTips are larger windows that display more descriptive text than a ScreenTip and can have a link to a Help article.

Enhanced ScreenTip with Help option

You can set an option to show or hide ScreenTips.

Show or hide ScreenTips

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Click General.

  4. Under User interface options , in the ScreenTip style list, click the option that you want:

    • Show feature descriptions in ScreenTips      This option turns on ScreenTips and Enhanced ScreenTips so that you see more information about a command, including the command name, keyboard shortcuts, art, and links to Help articles. This is the default setting.

    • Don't show feature descriptions in ScreenTips      This option turns off Enhanced ScreenTips so that you see only the command name and maybe a keyboard shortcut.

    • Don't show ScreenTips      This option turns off ScreenTips and Enhanced ScreenTips so that you only see the command name.

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Watch a video to learn more about ScreenTips

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Note: The video shows the Office 2010 user interface (UI), but it still gives you a good idea of how the feature still works in Office 2013.

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In the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, or Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Access Options, Excel Options, PowerPoint Options, or Word Options.

  2. Click Popular.

  3. Under Top options for working with Access, Top options for working with Excel, Top options for working with PowerPoint, or Top options for working with Word in the ScreenTip style list, click the option that you want:

    • Show feature descriptions in ScreenTips      This option turns on ScreenTips and Enhanced ScreenTips. This is the default setting.

    • Don't show feature descriptions in ScreenTips      This option turns off Enhanced ScreenTips. You still see ScreenTips.

    • Don't show ScreenTips      This option turns off ScreenTips and Enhanced ScreenTips.

In the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Visio, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher, SharePoint Designer, or Outlook

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.

  2. Click the Options tab.

  3. Under Other, select or clear the Show ScreenTips on toolbars check box.

In Microsoft Office Project 2007

  1. On the Tools menu, point to Customize, and click Toolbars.

  2. On the Options tab, under Other, select or clear the Show ScreenTips on toolbars check box.

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