How can I change the Info Tip for icons?

A. In Windows 2000 when you move the cursor over an icon (such as My Network Places or My Computer) text is displayed explaining the icons use.

This text is stored in a registry entry InfoTip of type String for each CLSID entry and can be changed to any text you want.

For example to change the My Network Places text:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D\}
  3. Double click InfoTip and change. Click OK
  4. Close the registry editor

The change take immediate effect.

Other useful entries are (all under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\):

\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D\} My Computer
\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103\} My Documents
\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E\} Recylce Bin
\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046\} Microsoft Outlook
\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D\} Control panel
\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D\} Printers
\{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E\} Network and dial-up connections
\{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D\} Briefcase
\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D\} Internet Explorer
\{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F\} Web Folders


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