How To Create a Custom Screen Tip in Microsoft Word

Screen tip is a Microsoft Word feature that allows you to view added information or a link when you point your mouse to a particular text or group of texts. A screen tip is particularly helpful if you want to provide word definitions, sources, or etiology of a given text or group of texts. To create a screen tip, take the following steps.

Select the word or words you want to use. Begin by opening a Word document, and then choose the word or words you want to have a screen tip. Remember that you can only use one word or group of words at a time.

Make sure the Screen tip feature is on. Before you create a screen tip, you have to check that the Screen tip feature is activated. You can do this by going to Tools, which is located at the top portion of your screen. On the drop-down menu, choose Options. Click on the View tab. The Screen tip box under the Show category, right on the first column, should be marked check. If not, check the box. Click OK afterwards.

Create a bookmark. The screen tip bookmark works so much like Internet bookmarks. It allows you to identify the words with screen tip and lets you group them together under different bookmark names. Therefore, when making a bookmark, it is always best to assign bookmark names that you can easily remember. To make a bookmark, go to Insert. On the drop-down menu, choose Bookmark. Then, on the given field, type the bookmark name you want to use. Click on the Add button. You can add as many bookmark names as necessary.

Insert hyperlink. After making bookmarks, you can now begin to create a screen tip. First, highlight the word or words you want to have a screen tip. Then, click on Insert. On the drop-down menu, choose Insert Hyperlink. To do a shortcut, you can also press CTRL+K. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will then appear. On the upper portion of the dialog box, you will see the word you want to have a screen tip. Leave it as is. Click on the Screen Tip button beside the word. Then, on the given field, type in the information you want to appear when the mouse points to the selected word or group of words. Click OK. On the left side portion of the dialog box, click “Place in This Document.” Next, choose the bookmark you want to use for the screen tip. Click OK.

Test the screen tip
. You know you have successfully created a screen tip when the chosen word or words are blue in color and underlined, exactly like the links in the Internet. And if you point your mouse, a pop-up information appears over the word or words. 

If you are using Microsoft Word 2007, you can create a bookmark by going to the Insert tab. In the Links group, click on the Bookmark button. To create hyperlinks, go to the Insert tab and choose Hyperlink. You can also make use of the CTRL+K keyboard shortcut.

 

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