Notification Area Balloon Tips - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips in Vista
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This will show you how to disable or enable the pop-up balloon tips in the Notification area of the taskbar for a current user or all users. The Notification area balloon tips are enabled by default in Vista.
How to Enable or Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to disable or enable the pop-up balloon tips in the Notification area of the taskbar for a current user or all users. The Notification area balloon tips are enabled by default in Vista.
Note   Note
This will not affect the menu pop-ups for the notification icons when you click or right click on them.
EXAMPLE: Notification Area Balloon Tips Enabled and Disabled
NOTE:
For this example, I disabled my antivirus program to trigger a notification area balloon tip for it.
Notification_Balloons_Enabled.jpg Notification_Balloons_Disabled.jpg




OPTION ONE
For the Current User Only




Method One
Using a REG File Download
1. To Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Disable_Current_User_Balloon_Tips.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Enable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Enable_Current_User_Balloon_Tips.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​




Method Two
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
MethodOne_Reg1.jpg

5. To Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type EnableBalloonTips and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
C) Go to step 7.​
MethodOne_Reg2.jpg

6. To Enable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) In the right pane, right click on EnableBalloonTips and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​







OPTION TWO
For All Users




Method One
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Turn off all balloon notifications and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Enable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)​
B) Go to step 6.​

5. To Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Dot Enabled and click on OK.​
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.​




Method Two
Using a REG File Download
1. To Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Disable_All_Users_User_Balloon_Tips.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Enable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Enable_All_Users_User_Balloon_Tips.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​




Method Three
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not have Explorer, then right click on Policies and click on New then Key and type Explorer and press Enter.​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Method_Two_Reg1.jpg

5. To Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type TaskbarNoNotification and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
C) Right click on TaskbarNoNotification and click on Modify.​
Method_Two_Reg2.jpg

D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Method_Two_Reg3.jpg

F) Go to step 7.​

6. To Enable Notification Area Balloon Tips
A) In the right pane, right click on TaskbarNoNotification and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
C) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not have Explorer, then right click on Policies and click on New then Key and type Explorer and press Enter.​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
D) In the right pane, repeat steps 6A and 6B if TaskbarNoNotification is there to.​
Method_Two_HKLM_Reg.jpg

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​

That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

A big help, thanks. However... this directory location was incorrect for my machine: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"

I don't have the "Policies" part in there... is this a typo at your end or just a setting at mine? Either way I'm sorted so just letting you know for other users who might be in the same situation as me.

Thanks again!
 
Hi BlovvMe,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Policies is usually there by default unless removed by something. Usually it is Explorer that folks do not have by default. Strange. I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted though. I added some instructions for Explorer that can also be used for Policies to help with this. Thank you for bringing this up.

Shawn
 
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