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When I put a Finder window into list view, and the file name is too long to fit into the column width, the Finder pops up a yellow tooltip with the full name. The delay is too short and it gets in the way. I've found a way to disable tooltips in all Cocoa applications (or set the delay to long enough that it's not a bother) but not for the Finder. Does anyone know the secret command to do this?

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There is a way to increase the delay.

  • Open the terminal and type: defaults write -g NSInitialToolTipDelay -int 10000
  • the value is passed in milliseconds

Click here for more detailed instructions

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Perhaps you can add a summary of the link? Sometimes the relevant information disappears. –  FredrikD Jan 14 '13 at 7:43

FWIW, if you hold the option key in the Finder it will cause tooltips to display immediately until you navigate away from the window which may be causing the short delay issue you're having (unless the 2-3 second delay is what you're having issues with)

Unfortunately there is no way to increase the delay of tooltips in the Finder.

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I have never seen an option to do this anywhere but you can give Secrets a try. If there is such an option this application will most definitely have it. A quick search of MacOSXHints doesn't reveal anything but worth keeping an eye on as well.

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On that note, I know there is definitely a setting to increase the delay for some popups, though I'm not sure about removing them entirely. –  jtbandes Jul 22 '09 at 7:01

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