[Update: one commenter said that s/he objected to the high memory usage of this fix. Now there’s a version 2 out that will take between .3 and 1.5 MB instead of 7MB or more. See my second comment (third overall).]
I started working on a new/old laptop (new to me, but was my wife’s before her employer bought her a work-dedicated machine). Yeah, my old laptop was pretty much unusable at this point (like go make a cup of tea while waiting for it to switch from a Firefox window to a Word window). Great! Except for one annoying thing: over in the task bar, the tooltips are partially or fully hidden. Sometimes this is marginally annoying (as in the example below). Sometimes the tool tip is so covered over by the system tray that you can’t even read the message box so if you don’t know which icon you’re looking for, you can’t find it. Uggh!
So in a case that isn’t completely egregious, but gives an idea of the problem, it looks like this:
So in other words, you end up with the tooltips behind the taskbar. This bug has existed since Windows 95. The Microsoft solution is absurd: logout, restart, hope it improves (it doesn’t, or rather it does, until the next time). Other solution suggested: set it so that the taskbar does not always stay on top. Great idea, except that is even more annoying than the broken tool tips. I looked at a bunch of help forums and everyone agrees that there is no fix. Everyone, that is, but someone who posted in a comment somewhere, which led me to the Tooltip Fixer from Neosmart which immediately and simply fixes the hidden tooltip problem. And voilà!
I downloaded it, installed it and in three minutes it was fixed. It took me longer than that to make a small donation to his Chip-in fund. I only gave $5 (I’m a cheap bastard), but if everyone with this bug gave him $5 none of us would be poorer and he would be retired.