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Author Topic: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?  (Read 14926 times)

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Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« on: May 10, 2008, 04:08:22 PM »
Does anyone know of a software (freeware or shareware) that can change the popup settings, appearance, etc. of the default XP tooltip popups?

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2008, 07:56:57 PM »
Does anyone know of a software (freeware or shareware) that can change the popup settings, appearance, etc. of the default XP tooltip popups?

http://www.tooltipmanager.com/
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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2008, 08:34:22 PM »
Right-click on desktop --> Properties --> Appearance --> Advanced Tab --> Drop Down Menu and select ToolTip

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2008, 09:26:58 PM »
nice find nogojoe!!

I actually had wondered if such a thing was even possible.. very cool to see that it is.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2008, 10:48:18 PM »
nice find nogojoe!!

I actually had wondered if such a thing was even possible.. very cool to see that it is.

I just googled it

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« Last Edit: May 10, 2008, 10:55:32 PM by nogojoe »

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 12:03:27 AM »
Its worth the $9.95 just to get rid of that stupid start message  ;D
I just got it and it works as advertised for me, though to set it up I could only access it through the control panel, but no problem, now its running it appears on the taskbar menu.  As for resources, i can't figure that out, it doesnt start a service that i can see and its not running as a program, but there is nothing noticeable in increased consumption.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 01:14:04 AM »
A year ago, I almost bought it out of desperation, trying to find a solution to the &?/#%$ "hidden behind the taskbar" tooltip problem. Yes, after some research, it seemed to be the only true solution to that problem!

(Although I seem to have been able to solve it pretty much... without tool tip manager. Can't remember if it's with taskbar activate... maybe  :-[ )

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 09:51:39 AM »
http://www.tooltipmanager.com/

Does anyone know for sure if this Tooltip Manager supports special national characters like 'æøå' ? The site does'nt offer any 'money back' guarantees, so I won't try it, without first knowing this.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2008, 09:53:43 AM by Curt »

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2008, 11:50:01 AM »
The site does'nt offer any 'money back' guarantees

Wrong.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2008, 12:52:53 PM »
GOD DAMMIT, a solution to those damned hidden tooltips. But comes with the kitchen sink, and payware as well. Isn't there a simple solution? (like, prevent it from happening via a registry hack?)

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2008, 03:37:21 PM »
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Isn't there a simple solution?

I have a hotkey that makes a window "stay on top".  If I click on an empty part of the taskbar and hit the hotkey, the tooltips come back.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2008, 09:42:39 PM »
You could set the Windows Class for tooltips to topmost with Nircmd:

nircmd win settopmost class “tooltips_class32" 1

Create a .cmd shortcut and use it whenever the problem reappears.


A .ahk solution was discussed in this forum (see BikeMike's post)

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2008, 11:23:19 PM »
PhilB66 : thanks for the link.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008, 12:31:42 AM »
Isn't there a simple solution? (like, prevent it from happening via a registry hack?)

I have seen this registry entry mentioned in several forums, but I have no idea if it fixes the problem.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\TooltipAnimation]

“SetWindowPos”=”HwndInsertAfter, Hwnd_Top”
“SetForegroundWindow”=dword:00000001
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 12:36:12 AM by PhilB66 »

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2008, 07:19:43 AM »
Well, the registry entry does not work, the tooltip gets behind the taskbar anyway. The AHK solution works mighty fine, so does the C one, though this one is invisible to the user. I guess the C# one also works, but I don't have such compiler installed.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2008, 07:10:51 PM »
I'd bet Doug Knox or Kelly's Corner would have some hacks for those things.

http://www.dougknox.com/

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

I haven't investigated it, but they have a ton of stuff.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2008, 07:48:41 PM »
Kellys Korner's fix for "Tool Tips Hidden Behind the Task Bar":

"Go to Start/All Programs:  Hover over any program listed, right click and select Sort by Name.  Repeat once more.  All done!".

Nothing on dougknox.com.


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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2008, 09:22:31 PM »
Thanks for looking through all that Phil.
I was at work, so I didn't have time to look it up.

Good find.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2008, 09:20:01 PM »
A small app for nothing but fixing the "tooltips hidden behind the taskbar" problem: http://www.4shared.c...56ca/ToolTipFix.html  No install/standalone.  Run,(auto fix) and manually right-click>exit from tray.  I put it on my 85 yr. old Mother's machine.
No problems.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2008, 05:41:40 PM »
Very fine ToolTipFix find, 1101doc!  :up:

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2008, 06:37:39 PM »
Very fine ToolTipFix find, 1101doc!  :up:

BikeMike's ToolTipFix was suggested a couple of posts earlier.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2008, 08:19:22 PM »
When following the topics from DonationCoder, one can notice that a lot registry hacks are passed on.

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Speaking for myself, since I learned about the existence of this tool years ago (1999 or so) there was no need to look at anything else. Not even the unsupported Microsoft tools to easily edit the registry can even hold a candle against this one.

What is even more beautiful from this tool is that it enables you to include your own registry hack in the GUI. and you can post it on their forum as well so others can use your hack as well. Get it at http://www.x-setup.net.

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2008, 10:33:49 PM »

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2008, 03:12:17 AM »
What is even more beautiful from this tool is that it enables you to include your own registry hack in the GUI. and you can post it on their forum as well so others can use your hack as well. Get it at http://www.x-setup.net.

sounds great Shades :up:
Tom

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Re: Software to change tooltip settings in XP?
« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2008, 05:54:33 PM »
My problem is not the tooltips but the All Programs' roll-down menu:

At first they look all right:

1.gifSoftware to change tooltip settings in XP?

But when I right-click a link the bottoms of both the All Programs' menus and of the right-click context menu will at once hide behind the taskbar:

2.gifSoftware to change tooltip settings in XP?

I have not found any trick to repair this error. I don't think it is a bug, but may very well be caused by my unstable XP. The problem will occur no matter if I use Mmm+ or not. I have of course tried several times to "sort by names", and run ToolTipFix, but so far to no good.

Do 'you' know of any trick to help this out?

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