How To: Change the appearance of map tips in ArcGIS


Placing the mouse cursor over an enabled tool or button in ArcGIS reveals a map tip, a brief description of the purpose of the control.

This document describes how to modify the appearance of the map tips.


The display of map tips is set within the Control Panel of the operating system.

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Display icon and select the Appearance tab.
  3. Click on the Item dropdown list and select ToolTip.
  4. Select the a font, color and size.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Start ArcMap to see the new settings for the map tips.