Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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 February 12, 2020)

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ScreenTips are the small yellow or white 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 or a later version, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Make sure the Popular (Excel 2007) or General (Excel 2010 or a later version) 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, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off ScreenTips.

Author Bio

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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What is 2 - 2?

2019-12-01 18:41:06

Corey

but how do you turn off formula tips that for some reason always obscure the column headers with an annoying small yellow box
eg IF(Logical_Test,[value_if_true],[value_if_false])


2019-08-05 15:27:59

SusieQ

I have the latest version of Excel and that tip did not work for me. They still kept popping up and they are very annoying.


2019-08-05 15:26:56

SusieQ

That did not work for me. They still kept popping up. Very annoying.


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