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


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.

Watch a video to learn more about ScreenTips

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Note: The video shows an older version of the Office interface (UI), but it still gives you a good idea of how the feature still works in later versions.

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