informational bits of text that appear to guide a user through an interface, usually popping up when a user hovers over an interface element such as a button.

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To tooltip or not to tooltip?

For what widgets would you want to have a tooltip? I can see the case for icons in toolbars without text. What about for buttons with labels? Hopefully the label clearly communicates what the ...
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Do people actually use tooltips?

I know I use them, and my peers use them, but how much does the average user actual use tooltips to figure out functionality?
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Hover over a disabled item to know why it's disabled. What do you think?

How many times did you use a desktop app or an online page and you come across one or more menu items which are disabled and you have no idea why its disabled. Using help or documentation is of no ...
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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their ...
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Is it a good idea to add tooltip to some text that says exactly the same?

Having tooltips on icons and images is understandable and the same goes for small pieces of links where tooltips may elaborate to the user what that particular link would do. Sometimes, however, ...
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How long should the delay be before a tooltip pops up?

I'm working on web site in which a "ribbon" submenu pops up as soon as the mouse touches one of the main menu items. I'm trying to explain to the designer that it should wait until the cursor has ...
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Does a tooltip require close button?

I'm working on tooltips, when I was told there are some tooltips that have close buttons. Is a tooltip with a close button user friendly?
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How to mark a tooltip-containing word in a paragraph?

I have a sentence in which one word has a tooltip. The data in the tooltip is supplemental and putting it into the main UI isn't required. However, how can I mark the word to notify the user that it ...
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How to provide tooltip-like hint on a Touch Screen and user to move it to another item (viiew tooltip for other screen elements)

Background: I have a list of lessons and I don't want to confuse the user with a long description (lots of text) for each lesson. So someone suggested having something like a tooltip (to the right ...