How do I disable the tooltips in Windows XP and Windows 2000 for the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons?

A. XP and Win2K display a tip when you position the mouse on the Minimize, Maximize, or Close button. To disable this functionality, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
  3. Double-click UserPreferencesMask.
  4. Modify the first number in the string using the following equivalent values (e.g., change 9e 3e 07 80 to 1e 3e 07 80):
    • Change 8 to 0
    • Change 9 to 1
    • Change a to 2
    • Change b to 3
    • Change c to 4
    • Change d to 5
    • Change e to 6
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
  7. Log off, then log on again for the change to take effect.
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