6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2008 7:50 AM by stkilda
stkilda Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
When the cursor hovers over a web link a tool tip appears giving the links URL. How can this event be turned off, or better, turned on/off through the context menu?

iMac 2.8 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
    You can't turn it off, but you can increase the time between when you hover over an area and the tooltip appears. If you want to do that, use this Terminal command:

    defaults write -g NSInitialToolTipDelay 99999

    (where 99999 is the number of seconds before it will appear, up to the maximum of 99.999 seconds) So, if you want the delay to be 10 seconds, that would be entered as 10000.

    Mulder
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
    I'm sorry, but my previous answer was incorrect. Looking through my long list of hidden commands, there is indeed one to turn off tool tips in Safari. Just enter this command in Terminal and press Enter:

    *defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitShowsURLsInToolTips 0*

    The previous answer applies system-wide to delay the appearance of tool tips in all applications.

    Mulder
  • stkilda Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks.

    I will try that this weekend when I have time to undo an damage I wreak in my newbie Terminal adventures. I let you know how it worked.

    And, uh, the list of hidden commands is available where exactly? This could lead to serious trouble/fun.

    Barry
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
    And, uh, the list of hidden commands is available where exactly? This could lead to serious trouble/fun.


    My list isn't available publicly; I got it from my contacts at Apple. There is a partial list of some of these hidden commands Secrets here, but you can easily damage your system if you don't know what you're doing. That means, unless you're prepared to recover from a completely non-functioning system, you shouldn't be playing with these commands. Apple does not support them in any way.

    Mulder
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,360 points)
    There is a much easier way.

    In the free utility Onyx

    http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html

    you can switch off (or on) 'Show the URL of links in ToolTips' if you go to Parameters/Safari.
  • stkilda Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Onyx seems to have done the trick.

    Thanks all.