General Enable or Disable Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items in Windows 11


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When you hover over a file, folder, drive, or desktop items in Windows, a pop-up description (infotip) will show displaying basic property details (metadata) of the item such as Date created, Size, Folders and Files a folder contains, etc...

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show pop-up descriptions for folder and desktop items for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items using REG file


EXAMPLE: Pop-up description (infotip) for folder and desktop items

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Option One

Enable or Disable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (enable - default) or uncheck (disable) Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Two

Enable or Disable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_pop-up_descriptions_for_folder_and_desktop_items.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001

3 Disable Show Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_pop-up_descriptions_for_folder_and_desktop_items.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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