Create floating pop-ups in Word document

Often you come across webpages that incorporate pop-ups that launch when you hover your mouse on top of a hyperlink. These pop-ups may contain definitions, tips or just ads. AppScott has written about a cool technique of adding such a pop-up to Word documents.


To create pop-ups in Word 2007, follow these steps

  • Highlight the phrase to be defined and copy it to the clipboard
  • Click the Insert tab
  • Click Bookmark in the ribbon
  • Paste the phrase in as the bookmark name, replacing any spaces with underscores
  • Click Add
  • Click Hyperlink in the ribbon
  • In the Hyperlink dialog click the Bookmark button
  • Select the bookmark you just created and click OK
  • Click the Screen Tip button and enter your definition.
  • Click OK

Now when the reader hovers the mouse over the underlined phrase the screen tip will appear. The phrase "Ctrl+click to follow link" will also appear, but by linking the phrase to the bookmark we’ve ensured nothing bad will happen if the reader does Ctrl+Click.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. Anonymous Reply

    Thank you! I have been looking for this all day.

  2. Anonymous Reply

    Thanks, altought it´s a limited option because the bookmark only allows a certain amount of words.

  3. Jose Serros Reply

    Thank you very much. This really helps a lot. Though what I really want is a pop up image on mouseover as in web pages. so far its not possible

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Hi great piece of advice, however is there any way of adjusting the pop-up box size? I want my text to appear in distinct rows but using the Return key or the Tab has no effect, I can only seemingly type in usual sentence format.

  5. Kaushik Patowary Reply

    There is no way to adjust the pop-up size box.

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