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How to Disable Windows 8.1 Help Tips

Windows 8.1 has a revamped version of the first Windows 8 UI, and this time around it comes with giant help tips that are sort of helpful, but also super annoying. If you’re a Windows 8 pro then you don’t need them. The good news is these tips will naturally go away once you follow them, but why bother when you can just disable them. Let’s go through and look at two different methods of turning them off without having to complete them.

Windows 8.1 help tips

The first thing we need to do is open up the Group Policy Editor. To do this press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. Type gpedit.msc into the Open box and then click OK.

gpedit.msc in the run pop-up

In the Policy Editor browse to:

  • User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Edge UI

Double-click on the setting labeled Disable help tips.

windows 8.1 group policy editordisable help tips setting list

This is where it seems a little backward. To disable help tips here, we’re actually going to tick the Enabled bullet from the list. We’re enabling the function to disable it, if that makes sense. Click OK save changes and exit.

enable the disable and click ok

In the Registry

If you are on a system that doesn’t have the Group Policy Editor enabled, there are two registry DWORDs that can be changed to enable or disable the feature. These are located at:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI

Alternatively if you don’t feel like going through the registry to fix these, here are two premade .reg files that you can just open up to apply the change.

2 Responses to How to Disable Windows 8.1 Help Tips

  1. Ans January 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Where on the keyboard is the “key” button? There is nothing on my keyboard at all with “key” on it.

    • Steve Krause January 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      HI Ans — It’s the “Windows Key” button on the keyboard.

      Hope that helps!

      -S

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