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Published: October 2, 2013 | Applies to:

This article will show you the ways to disable info tips for the items highlighted on Desktop and in folders.

By default, for every item you select in Windows, generally a pop-up description box appears, showing important information about the selected content like complete name, type (associated program), date created/modified, size etc. Many times, it happens that you know what you’re pointing to and what information may come up with this pop up. So the default behavior of Windows in this case might irritate you because the information box keeps on popping up as you hover the item inside the folder or on Desktop.

So if you’re too feeling irritated with this info tips, you might want to disable the feature. There are two ways to disable these tips; manually and by configuring registry. Here, both the ways discussed in details, do follow them and kill the irritating pop-up descriptions:

Disable Info Tips For Folder & Desktop Contents Manually

1. Press Windows Key + W, type folder options in the search box, hit Enter. Click on Folder Options so found from the search results.

2. Now in the Folder Options window, switch to View tab and scroll down to look for Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items. Remove the tick mark from this option and click Apply, followed by OK.

That’s it! Restart the computer, and get rid of pop-up description boxes for the content under Desktop and folders.

Registry Method To Disable Pop-up Description For Folder & Desktop Contents

1. Press Windows Key + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

2. Navigate here:


3. In the right pane of this location, look for the DWORD (REG_DWORD) named ShowInfoTip, it must having the Value data as 1. Double click on the same DWORD to modify it:

4. In the above shown box, replace the Value data to 0. Click OK. You may now close the Registry Editor and reboot to see results.

Hope you find the tip useful!

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