Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off ScreenTips.

Turning Off ScreenTips

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 20, 2015)

ScreenTips are the small yellow boxes that appear as you position the mouse pointer over a toolbar button or over another control on the Excel program window. Some people find these ScreenTips distracting, so Microsoft provided a way for you to control whether they are displayed or not. To turn off ScreenTips, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Make sure the Popular (Excel 2007) or General (Excel 2010 and Excel 2013) option is selected at the left of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General area of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. Using the ScreenTip Style drop-down list, choose Don't Show ScreenTips.
  5. Click OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6215) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off ScreenTips.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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