How to disable the balloon tips in Windows XP

This brief tutorial will show you how to disable the annoying “balloon tips” in Windows XP.

windows xp balloon tips

  1. Click the Start button and select Run. Enter regedit in the space provided, and click OK
  2. windows run dialog box with regedit

  3. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  4. windows xp registry editor
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  5. Double click the ShowInfoTip entry and change its value from 1 to 0. Click OK and then close the registry editor.
  6. windows run dialog box with regedit

  7. Now sign out of Windows and sign back in. Ta-da! No more annoying balloon tips. If you ever want to revert back, repeat the above instructions but replace 0 with 1.

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2 thoughts on “How to disable the balloon tips in Windows XP”

  1. oh bless you! those balloon things drive me INSANE! Half the time i cant read what i am looking for because they get in the way. ty ty ty so VERY MUCH!!!!!

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