In this post, we will show you how to create a custom comment pop-up description for shortcuts in Windows 11/10. You must have noticed that when you hover the mouse cursor over a desktop shortcut or a shortcut placed in another location, it shows a default text (pop-up description) that points to the path or location of that shortcut. But, if you want, you can add custom text to show as a pop-up description for any shortcut you want with a simple trick.
This trick works for any type of shortcut, be it a file shortcut, Bluetooth shortcut, folder shortcut, drive shortcut, etc. You will also be able to change or remove the custom comment for the pop-up description for a shortcut whenever needed. Let’s check how it can be done.
Create custom Comment pop-up description for Shortcuts in Windows 11/10
If you want to show a custom comment pop-up description for shortcuts in your Windows 11/10 computer, then follow the steps mentioned below. Before doing that, you should also create a desktop shortcut (if you haven’t already) for a file or program for which you to add a custom comment. Once it is done, use these steps:
- Right-click on the desktop shortcut
- Click on the Properties option and the Properties box for that shortcut will open. Alternatively, you can also use the Alt+Enter hotkey for a selected shortcut to open its Properties box
- Switch to the Shortcut tab in the Properties box
- In the Comment field, enter a custom text. As per our testing, the comment box supports up to 259 characters
- Press the Apply button
- Press the OK button.
That’s it! Now, whenever you place or hover the mouse cursor on that shortcut, your custom comment pop-up description will appear. It is more useful than the default location text.
In case you don’t see the change for some reason, you can restart File Explorer, and the custom comment pop-up description for that shortcut item will be visible to you.
Furthermore, you can also change the shortcut icon if you don’t like the default icon. Just click on the Change Icon button in the Shortcut tab (of Properties box) of that item and proceed further. This step is completely optional and you can also leave it as it is.
Related: Disable pop-up description for folder & desktop items in Windows
Later, when you want to change or remove the custom comment pop-up description for a shortcut, you just need to follow the above steps and use the Comment field. Change the text or remove the custom text you added and save the changes using the Apply button and OK button.
I hope this is helpful.
How do I change the description of a shortcut in Windows 11/10?
If you want to change the pop-up description with a custom comment for a shortcut in Windows 11/10, then it can be done by accessing the Properties of that shortcut item. In this post, you can check the step-by-step instructions to add or change pop-up description text for shortcut items.
How do I customize keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11?
There is a whole list of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11 for different categories that remain enabled by default. For example, there are keyboard shortcuts for File Explorer, keyboard shortcuts with the Windows logo key, taskbar keyboard shortcuts, Windows 11 Settings app keyboard shortcuts, etc. You just have to access and memorize them. For your convenience, we have created a post covering a list of Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts you should know. Check that list.
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