Disable Every Notification Balloon with This Registry Hack

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Do the balloon tips that keep popping up in Windows annoy you? Applications display notifications via a balloon in the notification center. I’ve found this to be annoying especially when the tips aren’t useful but are rather telling me things I already know. Especially if you have multiple programs running down there on the taskbar, disabling every one is nothing short of a tedious task. Fortunately, we can share with you a registry hack that can be applied for enabling or disabling absolutely every balloon in Windows.

Follow out guide below to manually make the change or download a premade file to do have the same effect.  We’ll be using Windows 7 in this example but it also works for Windows 8.

Edit the registry manually to disable Windows notifications

We’ve previously covered another registry modification to resolve a Windows error, so using the same technique, begin by searching and opening “regedit” from the Start Menu.

Open-regedit-in-Windows-7

Expand the folders to find the following path:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]

Right click the “Advanced” folder and select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.”
Create-a-new-DWORD-Value-in-Windows-Registry

Name this value “EnableBalloonTips” and double-click it to ensure “0” is set as its “Value data.” Completely remove the “EnableBalloonTips” DWORD to re-enable the tips.

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Until you log out and back on, balloon tips like the following will still display.

Balloon-tips-keep-popping-up-in-Windows-7

If you don’t feel comfortable with a manual registry edit, consider running a .reg file to automatically disable balloon tips.

Execute a file to disable Windows notifications

Similar to when we pinned a folder to the Windows 7 start menu, open a text editor and enter this information below to create a file that can simply be launched to either enable or disable the tips.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“EnableBalloonTips”=dword:00000000

Save it as “DisableBalloonTips” under a “.reg” file extension ensuring the “Save as type” is set to “All types.” This is absolutely crucial or else the file won’t know how to import itself into the registry.

Save-the-DisableBalloonTips-registry-file

Confirm adding it to the registry when opening it to see a success message.

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After logging out and back in the balloon tips are successfully gone. Every last one of them. If you find this to be less than helpful, consider re-enabling the tips via a very similar registry entry.

Execute a file to enable Windows notifications

Open a new, blank file in your text editor and enter the following information used to enable balloon tips in Windows.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“EnableBalloonTips”=-

This entry differs ever so slightly than when we created the DWORD. This one has a dash following the equals sign which removes the aforementioned value – the “EnableBalloonTips” value. Use this technique in the future to automate other value removals.

Save this file as “EnableBalloonTips.reg.”

Save-the-EnableBalloonTips-registry-file

Disabling balloon tips is a nice little tweak to the registry but maybe there are some other popups you’d like to actually make yourself that don’t involve digging around this sensitive system area. Follow our guide here to create popup reminders in Windows with nothing but the task scheduler.

For a much quicker and possibly cleaner result, download our premade disable and enable files in the ZIP folder below.

Download DisableNotificationBalloons.

Safe Download: This registry file is located on the TechNorms Google Drive account.