When you send something to the printer, Windows displays a small balloon from the System Tray that identifies the document you're printing, and that includes Office documents. I find this notification annoying.
Fortunately, you can disable this annoying feature, as follows (in Windows XP):
- Click the (Windows) Start menu and choose Printers and Faxes.
- In the Printers and Faxes window, choose Print Server Properties from the File menu. In Windows 7, Print Server Properties in on the window's toolbar.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Clear the Show Informational Notifications For Local Printers option.
- Clear the Show Informational Notifications for Network Printers option (if applicable).
- Click OK.
- Close the Printers and Faxes window.
Depending on your system's configuration, you might have to disable both local and network printers.
You're probably wondering if this feature really annoys me as much as I say or if I'm just employing a clever writing device to make this entry more interesting. Honestly, it's an annoying interruption I can definitely live without. Of course, to more patient folk, this interruption seems insignificant. After all, it doesn't keep you from working and it will disappear on its own, eventually. Most people will ignore it, but it diverts my attention, even after all this time. If it annoys you as much as it annoys me, you'll appreciate knowing how to disable it!
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.