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When you hover your mouse cursor over various UI elements, a tooltip will often be displayed with descriptive text. This preference determines whether or not Mozilla will display tooltips. Thanks to some bug this preference also controls tooltips on web pages.

Possible values and their effects


Show tooltips for toolbar buttons, bookmarks, web content, and other items. (Default)


Hide all tooltips.


Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey

The checkbox “Show Tooltips” under “Edit → Preferences → Appearance” toggles this preference between true and false.

Recommended settings

Setting this preference to false acts as a temporary workaround for bug 133064, in which dragging the site icon in the Location Bar to the bookmarks toolbar is blocked by a tooltip.

First checked in

2000-11-12 by Mike Pinkerton

Has an effect in

  • Mozilla Suite (all versions since 0.6)
  • Mozilla Firefox (all versions)
  • SeaMonkey (all versions)

Related bugs

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