How to Disable the Hover Display for Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Sometimes the desktop icons on your computer are obvious, or have good descriptions. Some of these icons are very famous and recognizable by almost everyone. But occasionally you may not know what an icon is, which is why it can be helpful to have a pop-up that appears when you hover over one of these icons.

But if you know what everything on your desktop is, then these pop ups may be unwanted, or possible even an inconvenience. Fortunately this behavior is something that you can stop by changing a setting in Windows Explorer.

How to Stop the Pop-Up on Hover for Windows 10 Icons

The steps in this article were performed on a laptop computer in Windows 10. By completing the steps in this guide you will be stopping the behavior where you see a white window pop up over an icon when you hover above it.

Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar.

open windows explorer

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window, then click the Change folder and search options button.

windows 10 change folder and search options

Step 3: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

select the view tab

Step 4: Scroll down and click the box to the left of Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items to remove the check mark.

how stop pop up on hover in windows 10

Step 5: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the window, then click OK.

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