Every now and then I get an info tag stuck on my screen on top of all my applications. The only thing I know that will remove it is restarting my computer. Is there an easier way to refresh OSX that would get rid it?

Stuck info tag in OSX Mavericks

I'm running the latest OSX Mavericks. I tried creating a new desktop deleting the main desktop. The problem persists unto the new desktop.

The tag does go away temporarily when I slide over to the dashboard and when I show the desktop but comes right back when I return to my applications.


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Turns out this is a common problem.

One of the following should get rid of the tooltip:

  • Hover over another element with a tooltip in the same app that generated the stuck tooltip, as explained here
  • Close the app which you think generated the tooltip
  • Log out of macOS and log back in
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    logging out worked but still that's rubbish experience, +1 for the answer
    – infinity
    Feb 6, 2019 at 13:45
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    Same is happening in 2020 :D Sep 1, 2020 at 8:22
  • 2
    Hover over another element with a tooltip in the same app works for me.
    – jellycsc
    Aug 31, 2021 at 17:19
  • 2
    Same is happening in 2022. Mar 20, 2022 at 17:18
  • 2
    Same is happening in 2024
    – JustGoscha
    Jan 11 at 10:07

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