How to Disable Pop up help Windows 8.1

Ever notice that when you hover your cursor over a program listing in the Start menu a little help box pops up? This help feature is called Balloon Help.

This feature can be useful for a beginning computer user. However, it can be another annoyance for more advanced users. If you don’t need this feature, why not disable it? Follow these steps to get rid of this feature:

  1. Press the windows key plus R on your keyboard to open the Run window, then type regedit in the box and click OK.
  2. After the Registry Editor has opened, navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Explorer -> Advanced.
  3. Double click ShowInfoTip.
  4. Set the value to ZERO to disable this feature, and click OK.
  5. Close the Registry Editor and log off and back on so that the feature can be removed.
  6. You are now finished.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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